January 27, 2005

Blank Slate watch...

George Will is in splendid form today, pouring well-deserved scorn on the fainting lady-professors, and the absurd truckling to PC idiocy of Harvard President Larry Summers..

Worth reading. But the essence of it all? The crux?

...The vehemence of the political left's recoil from this idea is explained by the investment political radicalism has had for several centuries in the notion that human beings are essentially blank slates. What predominates in determining individuals' trajectories -- nature or nurture? The left says nature is negligible, nurturing is sovereign. So a properly governed society can write what it wishes on the blank slate of humanity. This maximizes the stakes of politics and the grandeur of government's role. And the importance of governing elites, who are the "progressive'' vanguards of a perfected humanity...

Stalin would have nodded his head in agreement. This contretemps is something he and Professor Hopkins would have understood in just the same way. It wasn't just a whim on his part to send the geneticists to the Gulag...

Posted by John Weidner at January 27, 2005 11:29 AM
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