Another NYT Review of Wade’s “A Troublesome Inheritance”
SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
The Fault in Our DNA
‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ and ‘Inheritance’
By DAVID DOBBS JULY 10, 2014
In his 2007 book “A Farewell to Alms,” the economic historian Gregory Clark argued that the English came to rule the world largely because their rich outbred their poor, and thus embedded their superior genes and values throughout the nation. In her comprehensive takedown, the historian Deirdre N. McCloskey noted that Clark’s idea was a “bold hypothesis, and was bold when first articulated by social Darwinists such as Charles Davenport and Francis Galton in the century before last.”
Thank goodness that we don’t have to listen to all these frothing, biased lunatics like Wade, Clark, Davenport, and Galton because we have the level-headed, dispassionate, disinterested Dr. McCloskey as our unquestionable ultimate authority.