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Intellectuals and Race: Part III

crackerette Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 8:59 AM
I believe politicians should not be paid a salary OR benefits. They are supposed to be public servants. In reality, they are public moochers. Voting themselves pay raises and benefits at their own whim. Why is this the case? It is the root of all evil in politics in my view. And we, the people, should not tolerate it.

Editor's note: This is Part III in a series. Part I can be found here. Part II can be found here.

The desire of intellectuals for some grand theory that will explain complex patterns with some solitary and simple factor has produced many ideas that do not stand up under scrutiny, but which have nevertheless had widespread acceptance -- and sometimes catastrophic consequences -- in countries around the world.

The theory of genetic determinism which dominated the early 20th century led to many harmful consequences, ranging from racial segregation and discrimination up to and including the Holocaust. The...