Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kane Contra Murray

Eugene Kane opines on the work of Charles Murray, comparing him to Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. Unfortunately, it's not exactly an apt analogy.

Farrakhan and Wright have been largely marginalized by the mainstream Left. Murray, on the other hand, is celebrated and fiercely defended by his colleagues on the Right. Murray holds an endowed chair at one of conservatism's flagship think tanks. He publishes frequently in glossy magazines, in the editorial sections of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and contributes to The Corner at NRO. In many ways, this makes Murray's bleak outlook on society more insidious.

We alluded to this earlier, but for anyone looking for concise rebuttal of Murray's work, please take the time to read Stephen Jay Gould's review that appeared in the New Yorker shortly after The Bell Curve's publication. It's something of a legendary piece of criticism and demonstrates rather devastatingly just how baseless Murray's thought is.

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