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Effort and reward

The case of Laura Spence highlighted the issue of equality of opportunity. But what if talent itself is substantially inherited, not the result of effort?

By Ronald Dore   July 2000

In recent contributions to Prospect Charles Murray and Marek Kohn offer us an exhilarating future in which genetic manipulation could make us all bright and beautiful. Kohn wonders (anxiously) what this will do for equality if only those who are already genetically blessed can afford the enhancements. Murray wonders what it will do for egalitarians. Or rather-for he is more given to knowing than to wondering-he relishes the prospect of their tying themselves in eugenicist knots.

The trouble with Murray is that even when he is seriously tackling a serious subject he is too easily sidetracked into his favourite sport…

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