Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Last Men Standing: Charles Murray vs. Ibram X. Kendi

That’s a hell of a showdown. I tend to disagree with racial determinists (left or right) that race alone or racism alone explains disparities in crime rates, poverty rates, educational achievement, professional success, etc. There are too many variables that neither side of the race coin can fully account for. I suspect the truth lies somewhere between the Marxist class determinist arguments and the culturalist/accidents of history and geography arguments of figures like Thomas Sowell.

By Steve Sailer, Taki’s Mag

The media-declared racial reckoning has elicited from Charles Murray, coauthor of 1994’s epochal The Bell Curve, an important rebuttal: a short, lucid book entitled Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America.

In January 2020, Murray published a long, scholarly book, Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class, a meta-meta-analysis of the latest meta-analyses in the human sciences. It received virtually zero publicity.

Now he’s back with a more polemical, less daunting read about the essential factors influencing society: intelligence and violence.

The two realities that are fundamental to understanding the headlines of 2021 are that, on average, blacks and (to a lesser extent) Hispanics are more crime-prone and less smart than whites (much less Asians).


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