The Corner

Cousin Marriage

Stan – I will confess to not having invested sufficient time or energy in the issue. So you may well have addressed this. But I was always led to believe that marrying your cousin could lead to all sorts of genetic abnormalities. Not as bad as brother-sister pairings, to be sure. But there’s a reason why there all put-downs of stupid people whose parents were cousins. Is this a myth? If not, have these societies seen pervasive problems as a result?

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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