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  • The case for conservative civil disobedience [Book Review]

    05/11/2015 5:33:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Book Party ^ | May 11, 2015 | Carlos Lozada
    Review of "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission" by Charles Murray.BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission By Charles Murray Crown Forum. 319 pages. $27. From the tea party to Occupy Wall Street to #BlackLivesMatter, America has spent much of this young century questioning its premises. And as the battles over federal spending, economic inequality and racial injustice continue, Charles Murray comes forward to identify another threat to the nation’s purpose and self-image: the rise of the regulatory state, a rapacious shadow government that has left us “at the end of the American project as the founders intended it.”...
  • Charles Murray: If Liberals Change 2nd Amendment, It Will Backfire And Militias Will Rise Up (video)

    04/25/2014 10:02:16 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 39 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 26, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES MURRAY: If by some miracle that change were made in that Amendment, it would be the biggest unintended consequence in the history of liberalism. You know what's going to happen? Every red state and a whole bunch of blue states, too. The state legislatures will create militias. And guess what? There are going to be a whole lot of people who want to be in those in those militias. There are going to be -- JOHN AVLON: We already have those, it's called the National Guard. BILL MAHER: Yeah, exactly. Thank you, John. MURRAY: No. If you change the...
  • Amercian Exceptionalism: A Statement Of Fact

    02/01/2014 5:16:27 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 1 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2/1/2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    "American exceptionalism is a fact of America’s past, not something that you can choose whether to “believe in” any more than you can choose whether to ‘believe in’ the battle of Gettysburg. Understanding its meaning is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand what it has meant to be an American." ~ Charles Murray
  • AEI scholar suggests Heritage Foundation lacks ‘integrity, loyalty, balls’ after Jason Richwine’s

    05/10/2013 6:43:17 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:41 PM 05/10/2013 | Caroline May
    American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray suggested on Friday that former Heritage Foundation analyst Jason Richwine, whose doctoral dissertation at Harvard included evidence that Hispanic immigrants have lower IQs than non-Hispanic whites, had been railroaded and forced to resign by people without integrity or “balls.” Quote: Jason Richwine, guilty of crimethink, "resigns." The bashing from the right has been as mindless as from the left. Thank God I was working for Chris DeMuth and AEI, not Jim DeMint and Heritage, when The Bell Curve was published. Integrity. Loyalty. Balls.DeMuth was the president of AEI from 1986 to 2008. The Bell...
  • Unearthed: Young Obama took racial swipe at Colin Powell

    05/24/2012 4:53:17 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    WND ^ | MAY 25, 2012 | AARON KLEIN
    President Obama took an apparent racial swipe at Colin Powell in a 1994 NPR interview in which he implied the four-star general is acceptable to “white America.” In the same interview, Obama advocates that the government should provide jobs for every citizen and prenatal care for all women. Obama in 1994 was a community organizer and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. WND unearthed an Oct. 28, 1994, interview the future president gave to NPR in response to political scientist Charles Murray’s controversial book “The Bell Curve,” which argues that there are racial differences in intelligence. During the...
  • The New Upper Class and the Real Reason We Dislike Them

    02/07/2012 12:08:27 PM PST · by mojito · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Time ^ | 2/7/2012 | Charles Murray
    The Pew Foundation discovered in a recent poll that tensions over inequality in wealth now outrank tensions over race and immigration. But income inequality isn’t really the problem. A new upper class is the problem. And their wealth isn’t what sets them apart or creates so much animosity toward them. Let’s take a guy — call him Hank — who built a successful auto-repair business and expanded it to 30 locations, and now his stake in the business is worth $100 million. He is not just in the 1%; he’s in the top fraction of the 1% — but he’s...
  • How Latinos Won the Race Back to Pre-Recession Employment

    02/06/2012 11:55:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 6, 2012 | Derek Thompson
    Although Latinos make up only a seventh of the population, they have "racked up half the employment gains posted since the economy began adding jobs in early 2010", the Los Angeles Times reported this morning. In 2011, the trend accelerated. Of the 2.3 million jobs added in 2011 according to the Household Survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.4 million, or 60 percent, were won by Latinos.
  • What to do? What to do?

    02/05/2012 7:32:41 PM PST · by lyby · 83 replies
    lyby | Feb 5, 2012 | lyby
    I am a 52-year-old mother of three children - a 24-year old grad student, a 21-year old college senior, and a 13- year-old 7th grader. I am a public school teacher of Math to 7th graders. I am concerned about the welfare of our country, our Constitution, and the hope (NOT Obama's) for our nation. PLEASE help me to understand what is happening to our country. I am dismayed by the garbage I am hearing and reading. I have been involved in local politics. I could NOT suffer the bullsh*t, so I resigned from the county Republican Executive Committee, after...
  • White Blight: Charles Murray depicts an increasingly two-tiered white America.

    01/26/2012 8:21:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    City Journal ^ | 25 January 2012 | Kay S. Hymowitz
    Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010, by Charles Murray (Crown Forum, 416 pp., $27) Charles Murray is back, and the debate about wealth and inequality will never be the same. Readers of the political scientist’s earlier work, especially The Bell Curve and Losing Ground, might assume that with his new book he is returning to the vexed subject of race. He is, but with a twist: Murray’s area of intensive focus (and data mining) is “the state of white America”—and it’s not what you might think. According to Murray, the last 50 years have seen the emergence of...
  • Belmont & Fishtown--On diverging classes in the United States (long)

    01/10/2012 5:45:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1+ views
    New Criterion ^ | Jan, 2012 | Charles Murray
    American exceptionalism is not just something that Americans claim for themselves. Historically, Americans have been seen as different, even peculiar, to people around the world.1 I am thinking of qualities such as American industriousness—not just hard work, but the way that Americans have treated their work and their efforts to get ahead in life as a central expression of who they are. There is American neighborliness. Many cultures have traditions of generous hospitality to guests, but widespread voluntary mutual assistance among unrelated people who happen to live alongside each other has been rare. In the United States, it has been...
  • The Real Class Elite [leftist elitism]

    01/10/2012 5:03:46 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    No Left Turns ^ | 1-10-12 | Ken Thomas
    I think of all the couples with advanced degrees who have remarkably successful children, and I wonder how other kids can enjoy such success. Charles Murray has long made this a theme of his. The full account can be found in The New Criterion. "Many [in the new elite] have never worked at a job that caused a body part to hurt at the end of the day, never had a conversation with an evangelical Christian, never seen a factory floor, never had a friend who didn't have a college degree, never hunted or fished." Here is the excerpt from...
  • The social crisis of the working class

    04/13/2011 2:39:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 12, 2011 | Rich Lowry
    The size of government threatens the American way of life as we know it. The solution is straightforward -- cut government. A vibrant grassroots movement insists that it happen, and Washington is lousy with rival plans for how to go about it. The social threat to the American way of life is as dire, if not more so. But it is more insidious, and more complicated. No grassroots movement has mobilized against it, and no high-profile bipartisan commission is suggesting remedies. Yet it proceeds apace, all but ignored except in the lives of Americans. Among those trying to sound the...
  • U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson distances himself from controversial genetic views

    06/23/2010 5:43:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    The Northwester (Oskosh, WI) | June 20, 2010 | ADAM RODEWALD
    No excerpt allowed, story here
  • Real Education by Charles Murray

    09/08/2009 7:57:24 AM PDT · by mattstat · 8 replies · 414+ views
    The word median is statistical: it is the point at which 50% of the observations of a thing are smaller and 50% larger. For example, according to the CIA Factbook, the median age of U.S. citizens is 37 years; thus, half the population is younger than 37, half older. Sometimes, as in Murray’s case, and in this review, the median is synonymous with average (sometimes the later implies numerical mean; the median and numerical mean are often nearly or practically equal). We accept that some people naturally excel at sports and that others, no matter the purity of their souls,...
  • MAY: The counterrevolution

    03/29/2009 2:15:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 764+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2009 | Clifford D. May
    The question posed by social scientist Charles Murray at the American Enterprise Institute's annual dinner this month could hardly have been simpler — Do Americans want the United States to be like Europe? He asked as someone who admires Europe and Europeans. He asked also because it is becoming increasingly apparent that restructuring the United States along the lines of the European social-democratic model is the change many in the new administration - perhaps including President Obama himself - believe in. Mr. Murray is convinced that Europeanizing America is a bad idea, and not only because the European model creates...
  • The American Counter-Revolution (...unless we commit to remaining an "exceptional" nation)

    03/26/2009 8:13:24 AM PDT · by Tolik · 17 replies · 885+ views
    NRO ^ | March 26, 2009 | Clifford D. May
    The question posed by social scientist Charles Murray at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner this month could hardly have been simpler: Do Americans want the United States to be like Europe? He asked as someone who likes and admires Europe and Europeans. He asked also because it is becoming increasingly apparent that restructuring the U.S. along the lines of the European social-democratic model is the change many in the new administration — perhaps including President Obama himself — believe in. Such a redirection surely deserves consideration. Murray is convinced that Europeanizing America is a bad idea, and not only...
  • Europe Syndrome The trouble with taking the trouble out of everything.

    03/24/2009 8:41:01 PM PDT · by Delacon · 22 replies · 810+ views
    American Enterprise Institute. ^ | MARCH 24, 2009 | CHARLES MURRAY
    When I began to work on this lecture a few months ago, I was feeling abashed because I knew I couldn't talk about either of the topics that were of the gravest national importance. Regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, I have not publicly said a word on foreign policy since I wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times in 1973. Regarding the economic crisis, I am not an economist. In fact, I am so naive about economics that I continue to think that we have a financial meltdown because the federal government, in its infinite wisdom,...
  • Charles Murray: Thank God America Isn't Like Europe -- Yet

    03/22/2009 4:16:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,224+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2009 | Charles Murray
    Do we want the United States to be like Europe? The European model has worked in many ways. I am delighted whenever I get a chance to go to Stockholm or Amsterdam, not to mention Rome or Paris. There's a lot to like -- a lot to love -- about day-to-day life in Europe. But I argue that the answer to this question is "no." Not for economic reasons. I want to focus on another problem with the European model: namely, that it drains too much of the life from life. The stuff of life -- the elemental events surrounding...
  • The Happiness of the People

    03/13/2009 10:28:36 AM PDT · by untenured · 2 replies · 298+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | March 12, 2009 | Charles Murray
      Charles Murray delivers the 2009 Irving Kristol Lecture. Photo by Peter Holden Photography/AEI.   My thanks to AEI's Council of Academic Advisers for this great honor. As best I can estimate, tonight is the twentieth of AEI's annual dinners that I have attended. It has been a memorable series of evenings. There was, for example, the night in 1996 when Alan Greenspan reflected upon the "irrational exuberance" of American investors, and the next morning the Dow dropped two percent in the first half hour. The stature of the occasion has led most of the honorees to deliver a summum...
  • Leave Those Kids Alone

    01/14/2009 1:24:42 PM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 510+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 14, 2009 | Heather Latham
    Leave Those Kids Alone by: Heather Latham, January 14, 2009 Charles Murray has a few problems with the United States’ current educational policy. In his book Real Education, he lists four cardinal ones: ability varies; half of all children are below average; too many people are going to college; and America’s future depends on how we educate the academically gifted. He argues that these are ideas that must be embraced before public education can improve. Murray starts with the idea that the ability to do and learn certain things varies in degree and kind with children. He uses the multiple-intelligence...
  • Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?

    12/28/2008 5:57:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 75 replies · 3,213+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 27, 2008 | Charles Murray
    ... As president, Mr. Obama should use his bully pulpit to undermine the bachelor’s degree as a job qualification. Here’s a suggested battle cry, to be repeated in every speech on the subject: “It’s what you can do that should count when you apply for a job, not where you learned to do it.” The residential college leading to a bachelor’s degree at the end of four years works fine for the children of parents who have plenty of money. It works fine for top students from all backgrounds who are drawn toward academics. But most 18-year-olds are not from...
  • Are Too Many People Going to College ? (College is not all it's cracked up to be)

    10/03/2008 6:19:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 120 replies · 2,603+ views
    The American ^ | Charles Murray
    America’s university system is creating a class-riven nation. There has to be a better way. To ask whether too many people are going to college requires us to think about the importance and nature of a liberal education. “Universities are not intended to teach the knowledge required to fit men for some special mode of gaining their livelihood,” John Stuart Mill told students at the University of St. Andrews in 1867. “Their object is not to make skillful lawyers, or physicians, or engineers, but capable and cultivated human beings.” If this is true (and I agree that it is), why...
  • Head of the Class: Questions for Charles Murray

    09/20/2008 7:00:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 224+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2008 | Deborah Solomon
    Q. Although attending college has long been a staple of the American dream, you argue in your new book, “Real Education,” that too many kids are now heading to four-year colleges and wasting their time in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. A. Yes. Let’s stop this business of the B.A., this meaningless credential. And let’s talk about having something kids can take to an employer that says what they know, not where they learned it. Q. You’re not the first social scientist to knock the liberal arts, but you may be the first to insist that only 20 percent of...
  • No Nation Left Behind: An Interview with Charles Murray

    08/27/2008 5:01:29 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 4 replies · 199+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | August 27, 2008 | Bernard Chapin
    My father always said that anyone who lived through John F. Kennedy’s assassination remembers what they were doing at the precise moment the president was shot. This may well be true, but we also lucidly recall the circumstances of far lesser events such as the controversy surrounding the publication of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. The furor its conclusions caused is forever ingrained in my memory. At the time I was a psychology graduate student and found that most of my associates were familiar with the work but...
  • Interview with Charles Murray: No Nation Left Behind

    08/27/2008 3:55:49 AM PDT · by rollingthunder2006 · 3 replies · 139+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | 8/27/08 | Bernard Chapin
    My father always said that anyone who lived through John F. Kennedy’s assassination remembers what they were doing at the precise moment the president was shot. This may well be true, but we also lucidly recall the circumstances of far lesser events such as the controversy surrounding the publication of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. The furor its conclusions caused is forever ingrained in my memory. At the time I was a psychology graduate student and found that most of my associates were familiar with the work but...
  • College Daze: Instead of helping high school grads grow up, colleges prolong childhood

    08/18/2008 11:30:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 48 replies · 123+ views
    Forbes ^ | September 1, 2008 | Charles Murray
    College is not all it's cracked up to be. Dumbed-down courses, flaky majors and grade inflation have conspired to make the letters B.A. close to meaningless. But another problem with today's colleges is more insidious: They are no longer a good place for young people to make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Today's colleges are structured to prolong adolescence, not to midwife maturity. Once upon a time college was a halfway house for practicing how to be a grown-up. Students couldn't count on the dean of students to make allowances for adolescent misbehavior. If they wanted to avoid getting...
  • For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time

    08/13/2008 6:42:34 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 275 replies · 1,506+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 13 August 2008 | charles Murray
    Imagine that America had no system of post-secondary education, and you were a member of a task force assigned to create one from scratch. One of your colleagues submits this proposal: First, we will set up a single goal to represent educational success, which will take four years to achieve no matter what is being taught. We will attach an economic reward to it that seldom has anything to do with what has been learned. We will urge large numbers of people who do not possess adequate ability to try to achieve the goal, wait until they have spent a...
  • The age of educational romanticism (On requiring every child to be above average)

    05/13/2008 8:26:19 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 36 replies · 133+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | May 2008 | Charles Murray
    This is the story of educational romanticism in elementary and secondary schools —its rise, its etiology, and, we have reason to hope, its approaching demise. Educational romanticism consists of the belief that just about all children who are not doing well in school have the potential to do much better. Correlatively, educational romantics believe that the academic achievement of children is determined mainly by the opportunities they receive; that innate intellectual limits (if they exist at all) play a minor role; and that the current K-12 schools have huge room for improvement. Educational romanticism characterizes reformers of both Left and...
  • Charles Murray -vs- Nassim Taleb

    09/16/2007 5:33:34 PM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 1 replies · 434+ views
    C-SPAN 2 ^ | 2007-07-07 | Murray & Taleb
    Live feed [choose Windows or Real Player]: http://www.c-span.org/watch/index.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS2 Scheduling info: C-SPAN ScheduleHuman Accomplishment and The Black Swan
  • Abolish the SAT

    07/14/2007 6:27:48 AM PDT · by RKV · 166 replies · 2,434+ views
    The American ^ | 13 July 2007 | Charles Murray
    For most high school students who want to attend an elite college, the SAT is more than a test. It is one of life’s landmarks. Waiting for the scores—one for verbal, one for math, and now one for writing, with a possible 800 on each—is painfully suspenseful. The exact scores are commonly remembered forever after. ... The pivotal analysis was published in 2001 by the University of California (UC), which requires all applicants to take both the SAT and achievement tests (three of them at the time the data were gathered: reading, mathematics, and a third of the student’s choosing)....
  • ON EDUCATION: Intelligence in the Classroom

    01/16/2007 6:19:46 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 83 replies · 1,408+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | CHARLES MURRAY
    Half of all children are below average, and teachers can do only so much for them. Education is becoming the preferred method for diagnosing and attacking a wide range problems in American life. The No Child Left Behind Act is one prominent example. Another is the recent volley of articles that blame rising income inequality on the increasing economic premium for advanced education. Crime, drugs, extramarital births, unemployment--you name the problem, and I will show you a stack of claims that education is to blame, or at least implicated. One word is missing from these discussions: intelligence. Hardly anyone will...
  • A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

    03/28/2006 2:45:41 PM PST · by untenured · 5 replies · 385+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 28, 2006 | Charles Murray
    Max Borders: Joining us today we have Charles Murray, author of the new book, "In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State." Welcome, Charles. Charles Murray: Good morning. Borders: You've studied social safety nets for most of your career. What has the welfare entitlement state done to this country? Murray: Well you have effects on two levels. One involves the effects of social programs intended to help the poor and the disadvantaged. And that was the topic of a book I wrote 20 odd years ago called Losing Ground, which said essentially we made things worse for the...
  • Moving Ground How to dismantle the welfare state with $10,000 a year…in your pocket.

    03/28/2006 7:19:17 AM PST · by Valin · 25 replies · 811+ views
    NRO ^ | Kathryn Jean Lopez / Charles Murray
    Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez "Give the money to the people," Charles Murray argues in his new book, In Our Hands : A Plan To Replace The Welfare State. His plan would give a $10,000 yearly grant to all Americans, once 21, who are not in jail. Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, recently took questions about "The Plan" from National Review Online editor Kathryn Lopez. Kathryn Jean Lopez: First things first. $10,000? Who’s getting and when? And can I use it on my credit-card debt? Charles Murray: If you've reached your 21st birthday, are a United...
  • A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

    03/26/2006 4:14:52 AM PST · by fifthvirginia · 32 replies · 965+ views
    Opinion Journal-The Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 MAR 06 | Charles Murray
    This much is certain: The welfare state as we know it cannot survive. No serious student of entitlements thinks that we can let federal spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid rise from its current 9% of gross domestic product to the 28% of GDP that it will consume in 2050 if past growth rates continue. The problems facing transfer programs for the poor are less dramatic but, in the long term, no less daunting; the falling value of a strong back and the rising value of brains will eventually create a class society making a mockery of America's ideals...
  • The Inequality Taboo by Charles Murray

    08/26/2005 6:49:50 PM PDT · by dennisw · 136 replies · 4,349+ views
    commentary ^ | September 2005 | Charles Murray
    When the late Richard Herrnstein and I published The Bell Curve eleven years ago, the furor over its discussion of ethnic differences in IQ was so intense that most people who have not read the book still think it was about race. Since then, I have deliberately not published anything about group differences in IQ, mostly to give the real topic of The Bell Curve—the role of intelligence in reshaping America’s class structure—a chance to surface. The Lawrence Summers affair last January made me rethink my silence. The president of Harvard University offered a few mild, speculative, off-the-record remarks about...
  • Are 'Classes' Back

    08/15/2005 7:34:36 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 55 replies · 1,420+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/15/05 | Michael Barone
    Has a fairer America also become an America with less social mobility? That is the uncomfortable question raised by John Parker's long American survey in The Economist last month. "A decline in social mobility would run counter to Americans' deepest beliefs about their country," Parker writes. "Unfortunately, that is what seems to be happening. Class is reappearing in a new form." This was the conclusion, as well, of a recent series of articles in The New York Times -- although, as the Times and Parker both note, polls show that Americans think their chances of moving up are better than...
  • The Advantages of Social Apartheid (Brits 15-20 years behind America, society-wise)

    04/04/2005 9:37:58 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 455+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 3, 2005 | Charles Murray
    U.S. Experience Shows Britain What to Do with Its Underclass – Get It off the Streets Underclass is an ugly word, and we live in an age that abhors ugly words, so it is good to hear that the Blair government has devised a cheerier label: Neet, an acronym for “not in education, employment or training”. Once a government has given a problem a name it must develop effective new strategies for dealing with it. That too is in train, The Sunday Times told us last week, replete with urgent cabinet meetings, study groups roaming about the country and even...
  • [Vanity] Dr. Charles Murray - Author of "Bell Curve" on C-SPAN2 Now

    02/06/2005 11:37:47 AM PST · by drt1 · 9 replies · 584+ views
    c-span2 | 02/6/2005 | Self
    It is a 180 Min. Presentation that repeats at 12;00 Midnight tonight.
  • Too Much Reality: "The Bell Curve" turns ten.

    10/15/2004 2:34:56 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 3 replies · 616+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 15, 2004 | John Derbyshire
    This month is the tenth anniversary of the publication of The Bell Curve, the book by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray about — to quote their own subtitle — "intelligence and class structure in American life." The book generated a huge controversy when it was published — so much so that, if you trawl around the Internet or bookstores, you can find first, second, and third derivatives (so to speak) of the book: books and articles about it, books and articles about those books and articles, and so on. Most of TBC consists of summaries of research in...
  • Ditching Diversity

    04/22/2004 6:29:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 219+ views
    NRO ^ | April 22, 2004 | John Derbyshire
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version April 22, 2004, 10:15 a.m. Ditching DiversityWill elites return to racism? By John Derbyshire October of this year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of The Bell Curve, Richard Herrnstein's and Charles Murray's book about the part played by human intelligence in determining individual destinies in our society, and the implications for the structure of that society. By way of advance preparation I have been re-reading my own copy of The Bell Curve — it's the 1996 paperback edition, with Murray's spirited afterword rebutting...
  • You Are What You Tax (Charles Murray)

    04/14/2004 1:53:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 211+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 14, 2004 | CHARLES MURRAY
    Take a break as you fill out your 1040 form, and play this game: suppose you could choose which government entities your tax dollars support — and in what proportion. Since it's a thought experiment, let's assume that local and state government functions are part of the list. What percentages will you assign to which departments, agencies and programs? Some people will split their taxes between the local police and national defense and leave it at that. Some will assign it all to the Environmental Protection Agency. Taxpayers from red states will choose differently from taxpayers from blue states. But...
  • The science of bigotry: how only dead white males did it all

    02/06/2004 1:30:19 PM PST · by presidio9 · 209 replies · 498+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 04, 2004 | EMMA TOM
    AMERICAN academic Charles Murray is a real trooper. It doesn't matter how many people call him a racist, Nazi-esque brain-weigher. He keeps churning out books that aren't afraid to call a spade a spade and a nigger a nigger. Oh, I'm sorry. Did I just say nigger? How scientifically incorrect of me. What I meant to say was "biologically inferior". This was the thesis of The Bell Curve, which was co-written by Murray in 1994. In it he scientifically "proved" that African Americans were dumber than whites or Asians for genetic reasons. So what if the IQ testing he used...
  • The Practice Of Eminence: An Interview With Charles Murray

    12/27/2003 9:34:16 AM PST · by vladog · 14 replies · 700+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 12/28/03 | Bernard Chapin
    The Practice Of Eminence: An Interview With Charles Murray By Bernard Chapin CLICK HERE Toogood Reports [Christmas Weekender, December 28, 2003; 12:01 a.m. EST] URL: http://ToogoodReports.com/ Dr. Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. AEI is one of the most prestigious research think tanks in the world and some of the most important names in conservatism can be found within their roster of scholars and fellows. Dr. Murray has published voluminously over the years and his books have had tremendous influence over the way ideas are discussed in...
  • The Delusion of Darwinian Natural Law

    12/27/2003 12:44:51 AM PST · by bdeaner · 200 replies · 1,714+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | 12/27/03 | Marc D. Guerra
    The Delusion of Darwinian Natural Law Marc D. GuerraIn a short, inconspicuous paragraph in the conclusion to the first edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin speculates that "in the distant future … psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation." One hundred and forty years later, Darwin's eerie prediction about the revolutionary effect of his work on human beings' self-understanding seems all too prophetic. After a century of dissemination, the once-novel theory of evolution is widely accepted as established scientific fact. Given the quasi-religious hold...
  • Prole Models: America's elites take their cues from the underclass

    11/14/2003 11:12:24 AM PST · by hankbrown · 22 replies · 534+ views
    iconservative.com/Wall Street Journal ^ | February 2001 | Charles Murray
    That American life has coarsened over the past several decades is not much argued, but the nature of the beast is still in question. Gertrude Himmelfarb sees it as a struggle between competing elites, in which the left originated a counterculture that the right failed to hold back. Daniel Patrick Moynihan has given us the phrase "defining deviancy down," to describe a process in which we change the meaning of moral to fit what we are doing anyway. I wish to add a third voice to the mix, that of the late historian Arnold Toynbee, who would find our recent...
  • Thomas Sowell: Achievements and their causes -

    11/04/2003 9:31:55 AM PST · by UnklGene · 3 replies · 116+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    Achievements and their causes Thomas Sowell (archive) November 4, 2003 In this age of specialization, experts are said to know more and more about less and less. There are undoubtedly specialists who can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about toenails or toads. However, the grand study of sweeping events has not died out entirely. What could be more sweeping than a book titled "Human Accomplishment"? It is Charles Murray's latest book and it is dynamite. The subtitle spells out how sweeping this book is: "The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to...
  • A Cultural Scorecard Says West Is Ahead (Charles Murray alert)

    10/29/2003 8:51:34 AM PST · by Valin · 7 replies · 178+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/25/03 | EMILY EAKIN
    BURKITTSVILLE, Md. — "I do not set out to write controversial books," Charles Murray says with an easy laugh. "I don't know whether part of the attraction might be the forbidden," he adds earnestly. "If it is, it's not very much." It is tempting to believe him. Dressed in blue jeans, tennis shoes and a flannel shirt, his hands clasped confidently behind his head, he reclines in a swivel chair surrounded by books in his elegant study here overlooking a grove of weeping willows and a murky pond. At home in this rural Maryland village, about 70 miles from Washington...
  • A Cultural Scorecard Says West Is Ahead

    10/25/2003 6:55:56 PM PDT · by stradivarius · 12 replies · 386+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 25, 2003 | Emily Eaken
    BURKITTSVILLE, Md. — "I do not set out to write controversial books," Charles Murray says with an easy laugh. "I don't know whether part of the attraction might be the forbidden," he adds earnestly. "If it is, it's not very much." It is tempting to believe him. Dressed in blue jeans, tennis shoes and a flannel shirt, his hands clasped confidently behind his head, he reclines in a swivel chair surrounded by books in his elegant study here overlooking a grove of weeping willows and a murky pond. At home in this rural Maryland village, about 70 miles from Washington...
  • Book on Genius Out.

    10/23/2003 8:24:25 AM PDT · by sbw123 · 79 replies · 403+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 Oct 03 | GARY ROSEN
    <p>The Best and Brightest Charles Murray tries to quantify "Human Achievement."</p> <p>BY GARY ROSEN Thursday, October 23, 2003 12:01 a.m.</p> <p>In our age of overused superlatives, none stands in greater need of rehabilitation than "genius," a title that Leonardo now shares with such eminences as Warren Buffett and Eminem. Charles Murray's rough-and-ready test is whether an individual's work makes us ask, in wonder, "How can a human being have done that?" But he doesn't stop there. Incorrigible social scientist that he is, Mr. Murray wants to prove that supreme excellence actually exists in the arts and sciences. The result is "Human Accomplishment," a systematic effort to rate and rank the likes of Aristotle, Mozart and Einstein and to describe the conditions that have allowed them to flourish. Much of this brick of a book is devoted to explaining, in tiresome detail, just how Mr. Murray goes about quantifying the seemingly unquantifiable. His trick is to consult the experts--or, rather, to distill usable numbers from their encyclopedias, anthologies, general histories and biographical dictionaries. An individual making an appearance in at least 50% of the selected sources for a given field wins the label "significant figure." By Mr. Murray's reckoning, there have been 4,002 such "people who matter" in the period 800 B.C. to 1950. Each member of this Pantheon gets an "index score" on a 100-point scale, based on how much attention--pages, column inches, etc.--he receives in the specialist literature.</p>