November 24, 2008

Think-tanks, truth and democracy

The most interesting place in the world of ideas is where journalism, politics and academic life overlap. On their own, each is limited. Journalism is irresistibly drawn to the superficial and sensational. Politics is always likely to be short-term and self-interested. Academics have a built-in tendency to be detached and overly fastidious. But put them together and you get the best of all worlds.

The most interesting place in the world of ideas is where journalism, politics and academic life overlap. On their own, each is limited. Journalism is irresistibly drawn to the superficial and sensational. Politics is always likely to be short-term and self-interested. Academics have a built-in tendency to be detached and overly fastidious. But put them together and you get the best of all worlds.


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