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April 04, 2006

Thomas Sowell: Are Facts Obsolete?

The New Editor quotes this bit from Sowell, complaining that too many people have simply decided that the the facts should fit their beliefs, rather than vice versa:

Even institutions that are set up to pass on facts -- the media, schools, academia -- too often treat facts as expendable and use their strategic positions to filter out facts which go against their own preconceptions.

Indeed. But it's not "even" institutions that are set up to pass on facts-- it's especially such institutions. Perhaps it is because of their declining influence that they feel the need to more severely edit reality to conform to their worldviews, making up for their loss of influence by increasing the stridency and dishonesty by which they seek to influence.


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