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- Did Abortion Cut Crime?

- How Jackie Robinson Desegregated America

- "Is Love Colorblind?" - Interracial Marriage

- Thatcher Speech: Genetic Revolution

- Uselessness of Philosophy

- Why Lesbians Aren't Gay


Sports & Human Biodiversity

- Words don't match pictures: ESPN vs. political correctness

- Great black hopes: black sports superiority

- How Jackie Robinson desegregated America

- Track & Battlefield: gender gap in running is growing

- Where the races relate

- Golf club discrimination

- NCAA's cartel

- Are Caublinasians genetically superior?

- Rocker on the rack

- Ryder Cup riot

- Michael Jordan Retires

- Human Biodiversity Hall of Fame-Size Does Matter Wing


The Sexes

- KidTV: Guide for Perplexed

- Future of human nature

- Why do gentlemen prefer blondes?

- Review: Susan Faludi

- Chimps & chumps

- Track & battlefield

- Is love colorblind?

- Why lesbians aren't gay

- Review: Landes' Wealth & Poverty of Nations

- Review: Showalter's Hystories

- Review: Paglia's Vamps & Tramps

- Sexism in drug rackets!

- Clinton vs. sexual harassment laws - 1992



- Does race exist?

- Darwin's enemies on Left

- Is love colorblind?

- Great Black Hopes

- Review: Diamond's Guns, Germs, & Steel

- Where the races relate

- Review: Jensen's The g Factor

- Review: Gates' Norton Anthology of African American Literature

- Census Follies

- A better way in Kosovo?

- Thatcher Speech: Genetics

- Immigration v. blacks

- Are Caublinasians genetically superior?

- Ryder Cup Riot

- Elegy for MJ

- Human Biodiversity Hall of Fame

- Nerdishness

- Track & Battlefield

- Words don't match pictures

- How Jackie Robinson desegregated America

- Review: Landes' Wealth & Poverty of Nations

- Review: Zora Neale Hurston



- Darwin's enemies on Right

- Darwin's enemies on Left

- Darwin's timid friends in Center

- From Marx to Darwin to Galton

- Unexpected uselessness of philosophy

- Chimps & chumps

- Review: Harris' Nurture Assumption

- Review: Sulloway's Born to Rebel



-   vs. African-Americans

-   vs. economic equality

-   vs.the environment

-   vs. education (soon)

- Bilingualism - Bipartisan Blunder

- Immigrant entrepreneurs



- Review: Jensen's The g Factor

- Review: Lemann's The Big Test

- Why they really hate the SAT

- Is George W. Bush a moron?

- Nerdishness

- Great black hopes

- Review: Landes' Wealth & Poverty of Nations

- Review: Diamond's Guns, Germs, & Steel



- Nerdishness, an overview

- Review: Landes' Wealth & Poverty of Nations



- Sexism in drug rackets!

- Senator charged with humor harassment

- KidTV: Guide for Perplexed


Sexual harassment & Clinton

- Sex harassment scandal endangers Clinton (written 12/92!)

- Voters admire his adulteries

- Senator charged with humor harassment



- John McCain, Licensed to Hate

- Is George W. Bush a Moron?

- JFK, Jr. America's Prince Di

- Senator charged with humor harassment!



Book Reviews

Reviews of Books on Human Biodiversity

My reviews of books with a Human Biodiversity slant by authors like Tom Wolfe, Steven Pinker, Robert Heinlein, JP Rushton, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Dan Seligman, Dinesh D'Souza, and lots more.

The Nature of Nurture

National Review


The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris
Despite her many strengths, her Camille Paglia-like ambitiousness drives her to overstate both the novelty of her true ideas (that genes and peers matter) and the truth of her novel idea (that parent's don't matter).

The Half Full glass

The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability by Arthur Jensen
"Denouncing Jensen proclaims one's faith in empirical egalitarianism, which serves as the perfect excuse for ignoring the irksome demands of moral egalitarianism. By declaring that everyone could Be Like Me (if only they were properly socialized), the clever can, with clear conscience, continue to surreptitiously wage class war against the clueless." This is a hugely important, and shamefully neglected book, and my review offers a new perspective on the IQ wars.

For Richer, For Poorer

National Review


The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor, by David S. Landes
"Interestingly, many of the most striking racial differences can be thought of as resembling faint sex differences." I used this review to launch a potentially important trial balloon outlining the two major dimensions differentiating Asians from whites from blacks: Asians tend to be the most masculine in terms of mental skills, blacks the most masculine in terms of physical and personality traits, with whites generally in the mediocre middle.

Hysteria, His and Hers

National Review


Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Culture, by Elaine Showalter
"Hystories has elicited quite a backlash, with chronic fatigue sufferers proving the most energetic in hounding the author."
"We're Bad Too!" Hanging curveball of a complaining letter about my unfairness toward female child molesters from the Director of the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts, & my response.

National Review



The Clash of Continents

National Review


Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond
"To Diamond, the three most important engines of history are location, location, and location."

The Ebony Tower

National Review


The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., et al
"To squeeze 2,709 pages into a size that coeds would find tolerably luggable, Gates & Co. had to specify paper of a thinness (and consequent transparency) seldom seen outside European public lavatories. So, stay close to a strong reading lamp and a bottle of aspirin."

All in the Family

National Review


Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives, by Frank J. Sulloway
"Despite heroic research efforts, Sulloway does sound at times like Matt Groening's 7th Type of College Professor: The Single Theory to Explain Everything Maniac. ('The nation that controls magnesium controls the universe!')"

The Secret Zora Neale Hurston

National Review


Zora Neale Hurston -- Novels and Stories (Vol. I) and Folklore, Memoirs and Other Writings (Vol. II), 1,800 words
"Thanks to feminism, never before has Zora (the first great black woman writer) been so widely read, but seldom has any author been so uniformly misread by her self-proclaimed (but self-absorbed) heirs."

Up the Amazon

National Review


Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia, 1,130 words
"The crazier the world gets, the saner Camille Paglia sounds."

Shocking Exposés!

Senator Charged with Humor Harassment



Just before presstime, Senator Noland issued a statement that he had been diagnosed as a victim of Humor Addiction Malady, and was checking himself into a clinic in order "To learn if my alleged behavior (which I deny completely but personally apologize for if it offended anyone) stems from my history of childhood sports abuse. After 50 years of repression, I have only now recovered my buried memory of how my father made me play Little League. The experts are finally realizing the terrible toll taken by 'Right Field Syndrome.' I hope my accusers can somehow find it in their hearts to forgive my Dad."

Sexism in the Drug Rackets

American Spectator


Activists denounce the lack of government programs to meet the special needs of mothers who are also drug dealers. "The very term 'Day Care' reflects institutional insensitivity toward those who work mostly between midnight and dawn," points out Dr. Spode.

Short Essays

The Eunuch Columbus

National Review Online 


The world still noisily debates 1492: Did Europe do more for America or to America? Yet, the greatest admiral of the age was not Columbus but the Chinese eunuch Cheng Ho. We can gain new perspective on this question by asking: Why did Cheng’s voyages prove so much more infertile than Columbus'? 

What Affirmative Action Really Does to Campuses

Christian Science Monitor


Race relations on our nation's campuses are getting worse. A vast number of "racial incidents," ranging in seriousness from the sadistic to the psychosomatic, are reported annually.

Golf Club Discrimination

St. Louis Post-


Even today, the premiere clubs ration memberships Soviet-style: how long you will wait, who your friends are, and who your father was. Since they don't discriminate solely on ability to pay (for example, a lifetime membership at Augusta National is merely $25,000 and monthly dues are $100), they can afford to discriminate on race, religion, ethnicity, or whim.

Who Is Asian? Hispanic? Native American?

Greensboro News & Record


Roughly 70% of Americans now qualify for affirmative action, and several billion foreigners are potential beneficiaries. Yet, government bodies have made only whimsical attempts to rationalize their racial definitions. The result is endless amusement for connoisseurs of bureaucratic befuddlement.

Ethnic Studies: Cure or Cause? 

Chicago Tribune


Seldom discussed, however, is whether sermons stressing victimization actually persuade whites to treat minorities better. Or do young whites simply respond by mentally casting themselves as martyrs, too?

What Lenin Knew about College Sports

Sacramento Bee


College football and basketball are de facto professional sports, highly lucrative for the adults involved, but not for the players (many from poor families), who are forced by an open conspiracy of their employers to subsist on scholarships and the occasional envelope stuffed with cash.

Why They Really Hate the SAT 

Cleveland Plain Dealer


Ironically, critics of the "biased" SAT urge more reliance on subjective criteria: grades, interviews, and recommendations. What they really can't stand about the SAT, it seems, is its objectivity. 

Clinton v. Sexual Harassment Laws

Immediately following Bill Clinton's 1992 election, I predicted that the expansive modern definition of sexual harassment was going to seriously threaten his Presidency. (Having spent a good bit of 1992 in Arkansas on business, I was well aware of what most Arkansawyers knew about his not-particularly-private private life.) I wrote a number of pieces on this subject, but nobody wanted to print them back then. (However, by submitting "A Specter is Haunting the Clinton Presidency" to the American Spectator, I may have helped encourage them to send David Brock to Arkansas, which lead to the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, which lead to Clinton lying under oath about Monica Lewinsky.)

NEW  (but old: written 2/93) "Senator Charged with Humor Harassment" 

National Review


"Humorism activist Bismarck sums up, 'We are not against humor. Everybody wants wanted humor, but nobody wants unwanted humor. It's that simple.''' The logical next step after sexual harassment laws in de-hostilizing work evironments. Written in 1993 in response to the Packwood brouhaha and in anticipation of the inevitable Clinton scandal, it's still pretty funny. (Here's the full length version.)

NEW  (but old: written 12/92) -- A Specter Is Haunting the Clinton Presidency: Why, logically, either the current sexual harassment laws or Bill Clinton will have to go.

Never Published

Over 5 years ago I explained why the ever-expanding definition of sexual harassment might force the then-President Elect Clinton from office. No one wanted to publish it then, but it now offers a suprisingly accurate forecast of the chain of events leading from the American Spectator's Troopergate reporting to Paula Jones to Clinton's perjury and witness tampering in the Lewinsky affair. This finally became conventional wisdom among the pundits at the time Paula Jones' lawsuit was dismissed.

NEW  (but old: written 1/94) -- Why Revelation of Clinton's Industrial Scale Adulteries Won't Hurt Him with the Voters

Never Published

"Mr. Clinton's ability to charm and satisfy large numbers of women, to do without sleep, to lie persuasively, to keep track of his many lies, even his capacity for eating a baked potato in two bites . . . these are not traits of the average man but of a certain kind of natural leader, the type that Africans call a "Big Man"." A WSJ article in April '98 finally introduced this concept to the media.

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