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  •  You said a mouthful there (9+ / 0-)

    I was much struck by this passage from the end of Jill Lepore's article on political polarization in the Dec. 2nd issue of The New Yorker:

    But intellectuals, as Bruno Latour once pointed out, are nearly always one critique too late: "entire Ph.D. programs are still running to make sure that good American kids are learning the hard way that facts are made up, that there is no such thing as natural, unmediated, unbiased access to truth, that we are always prisoners of language, that we always speak from a particular standpoint, and so on, while dangerous extremists are using the very same argument of social construction to destroy hard-won evidence that could save our lives."
    As long as we can create confusion about basic, measurable facts, we can defer taking any actions that might be indicated as a response.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:53:12 PM PST

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