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The Bent Pin

Your People, Sir, Is a Great Beast

by Florence King

The Nature vs. Nurture debate is back. Once a staple of eugenics proponents, it fell into disfavor along with eugenics itself until the Gay Rights Movement took it up to claim the existence of a gay gene. Now it’s everywhere. Cable news networks regularly speculate about whether some women are natural mothers, some men are natural fathers, and, since the midterm elections, “Is there a political gene?”

Judging by all the protest signs, tweets, Twitters, Facebooks, and my NR mail, the question ought more precisely to be “Is there an elitism gene?”

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