Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

Genetics Affect Intelligence: Confronting the Consequences, from the Left

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The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice, by Fredrik deBoer (All Points Books, 276 pp., $28.99)

Some people are naturally smarter than others. Most of us know this intuitively, and reams of scientific evidence prove it, but few are willing to talk about it openly.

This taboo, contends the academic and Marxist essayist Fredrik deBoer in The Cult of Smart, distorts our educational practices, our ideals of “meritocracy,” and our public policy.

The Cult of Smart will be a success if it forces the Left to confront the findings of modern genetics. Over here on the other side of the aisle, though, it feels as if Charles Murray’s 2008 book Real Education has been rewritten from a different

This article appears as “The Left Does Genetics” in the October 5, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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