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Market eugenics

Charles Murray predicted that the political left will be the standard bearer of the new eugenics. On the contrary, argues Marek Kohn, in a competitive market society, genetic manipulation will be a nightmare for the left, with a growing gap between the gene haves and have-nots

By Marek Kohn   May 2000

One thing in the millennium’s favour was that it provided the perfect opportunity to discharge the irrationalist head of steam which had been building up in the west over the last 25 years. Can we now, perhaps, look forward to a new era of reason? We certainly seem to be entering a period where reason in its most productive form, science, will enjoy an intellectual ascendancy, thanks to its own spectacular dynamism and to the lack of conviction for other ways of changing the world. But reason and good sense are not the same thing.

Charles Murray’s essay, published in…

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