Thursday, January 11, 2007

Scientist James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and a Nobel Prize winner, says anti-Semitism is justified


The ADL called Dr. Watson's remarks about Jews "disturbing" and is asking Watson to clarify them.

Watson, 78, who lives in Cold Harbor, N.Y., tells Esquire magazine in its January edition that anti-Semitism, in some circumstances, is justified.

In an interview profile for the magazine Watson asks rhetorically, "Should you be allowed to make an anti-Semitic remark?" He answered: "Yes, because some anti-Semitism is justified. Just like some anti-Irish feeling is justified. If you can't be criticized, that's very dangerous. You lose the concept of a free society."

And here are some of his political views:

Watson says his own politics have evolved from the left to libertarianism. He said he "turned against the left wing" because "they don't like genetics, because genetics implies that sometimes in life we fail because we have had bad genes."

Watson complains that the poorer classes are having more children than the richer, more intelligent classes.

"I think now we're in a terrible sitution where we should pay the rich people to have children." He says if we don't encourage procreation of wealthier citizens, IQ levels will most definitely fall.

As for Watson's own genetic lineage, his biography posted on says his mother was of Scottish and Irish heritage and his father, a Chicago businessman, had ancestors of English descent.

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