Lay off Kofi Annan, said Alexander Waugh in the London Daily Telegraph. A pious chorus of critics is ripping into the U.N. secretary-general for using his power to help his son Kojo get a cushy job. They should all just go away. The desire to pass on our power and authority to our children is instinctive, and for a good reason. Civilization was built on nepotism. Many a son who admires his father has sought to enter the same career, and often hes quite good at it. Why shouldnt the father hire him, then, rather than some stranger? I got my first big break in publishing when my late father, Auberon Waugh, praised my writing in his newspaper columns. His father, Evelyn Waugh, had done the same for him. Evelyns first novel was put out by the publishing house that his father, Arthur Waugh, headed. And Arthur got his start there through a cousin, who got his job through his fathers influence. The trail of nepotism in our family goes back at least 200 years, and Im proud of that. Parents who refuse to demonstrate an active bias in favor of their own talented and competent children are, in my view, not just pompous and insane but positively evil.