In a review that comes to the sorely-needed defense of rich white men, world capitalism, the founder of eugenics, and former Harvard president Lawrence Summers (who questioned women's innate aptitude for science), David Berreby excoriates the widely celebrated Typecasting in this past Sunday's Book Review.
Our favorite quotes from the review.
"The Ewens are good…at one thing: conveying what the reader ought to think. Sly and various are their methods."
"[T]he Ewens offer up a long parade of the usual suspects—rich white men with credentials—doing Bad Things to everybody else, usually abetted by (surprise!) capitalism."
Hard to imagine that two informed and distinguished scholars, after ten years of research, would argue that wealthy white men had anything to with the oppression of others, or that capitalism (in spite of the facts that it established and grew rich from the international slave trade, colonized much of the world, and continues to thrive on social and economic inequality) has had anything to do with Bad Things happening.
After reading Berreby's thoughtful review, one Ewen responded, "Mea culpa, mea culpa. Our bad!"