3 thoughts: Everyone agrees heritable traits aren't necessary fixed, but that doesn't mean they're practicably modifiable either, nor that environmental interventions will reduce (rather than increase) inequality. Experience w chess eg widens cog ability gap (Vaci et al '19)

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The genetic lottery is unfair, but it doesn't follow that it's either feasible or desirable to empower governments to rectify that unfairness - what Thomas Sowell calls cosmic justice (as opposed to human justice). amazon.com/Quest-Cosmic-Just…
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Harden's hereditarian leftism is not new: I end the "Politics" chapter of The Blank Slate with a review of several kinds (Chomsky; Peter Singer; the early advocates of aptitude tests vs. class privilege; others). stevenpinker.com/publication…
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Yes, aptitude testing & meritocracy started as a liberal cause, subverting old boys' networks, class privilege, cronyism, nepotism, patronage: See Adrian Wooldridge's recent book: amazon.com/Aristocracy-Talen…
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Agree or disagree (or both, with different arguments), Harden's book is brave, original, & thought-provoking.
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