A reader writes:

Here's what I told a friend this morning: Re Neocons, "They are always attacking affirmative action, saying that school admissions and such should be based on merit.  But in practice, they ignore merit when filling top jobs, preferring their own children."

Interestingly, Bill Buckley ignored his son, an experienced magazine editor, and passed control of NR to new blood.

The Kagans take the cake: sons, brothers and wives all wired into the same career-structure, and endlessly reviewing themselves. Never any disclosure of course.

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