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Intellectuals and Race: Part III

Ms. Conservative Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 1:44 PM
Thank you Dr. Sowell for such a thoughtful article. I wish everyone in colleges around the country (including professors) would read your three part essay. It really does make one think and it makes perfect sense.

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...