Tag Archives: E. J. Dionne

The Purest Madness

Things may have gotten out of hand. Thomas Nichols argues that in The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters: People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by … Continue reading

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The Disputed Revealed Truth

“I bet you’ve seen the fundamentalist bumper sticker that says, ‘God said it! I believe it! That settles it!’ That must be a typo because what the driver really means is, ‘I said it! God believes it! That settles it!’” … Continue reading

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No More Tea

The son of a good friend is now in the first month of his post-grad work at a minor university somewhere northwest of London, and presumably getting used to bangers and mash and kippers for breakfast, and a lot of … Continue reading

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Confirming Mencken

H. L. Mencken once commented that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. But he was cynical about everything – and reporting on the Scopes trial probably made him even less inclined to get all warm and fuzzy … Continue reading

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Expecting Robespierre Any Minute Now

It’s always fun to tweak the News Guy in Atlanta. He was part of the original team Ted Turner assembled to create CNN back in 1980 – pretty impressive – but he was also there when these guys came up … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Incorrigible Stupidity

Americans don’t much care for history – Henry Ford famously said it was bunk – and most kids merely endure their history classes that started in the seventh grade and never seemed to stop. And once released from the surly … Continue reading

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