I.Q tests: Building blocks for the new class system


Chomsky's response to Richard Herrnstein's views on intelligence and IQ. Originally appeared in Ramparts July 1972.

"IN THE TEN MONTHS SINCE DR. RICHARD HERRNSTEIN'S article "I.Q." first appeared in the Atlantic, it has become the focus of an intriguing controversy, predictably intense but surprisingly sustained. There is no question that Herrnstein's argument is provocative; he purports to show that American society is drifting inexorably towards a stable hereditary meritocracy, towards a social stratification determined by inborn differences and a corresponding distribution of "rewards.""

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