For my part the whole notion of The New Republic calling out "overrated thinkers" is sheer spectacle -- like watching Uwe Boll flailing at film criticism, but worse. How does The New Republic, with any semblance of a straight face, damn Fareed Zakaria because he was "for the Iraq war when almost everybody was for it, criticized it when almost everybody criticized it"? This a magazine whose steward drops gems like "Muslim life is cheap" and "many in the black population are afflicted by cultural deficiencies" and then skips off to Harvard to collect his honors.
Bigotry is a species of intellectual sloth -- but some sloths have social capital.
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