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A new governing class

Who is going to provide public goods in our market-driven societies? Do we need to consciously create a new governing class?

By Robert Cooper   July 2004

In Defence of Aristocracy by Peregrine Worsthorne (HarperCollins, ?15)

At the end of his satire The Rise of the Meritocracy, Michael Young foresees a society in which members of the high-IQ ruling class breed only with each other: “A high-IQ man who mates with a low-IQ woman is simply wasting his genes.” Eventually genetic determination of intelligence becomes so firmly established that the “New Conservatives” argue for the recreation of a hereditary ruling class as a way to avoid the stresses of competition and social mobility.

Perhaps we are on the way to a society like this, only more…

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