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The Burden of Bad Ideas : How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society - Heather MacDonald

The Burden of Bad Ideas

How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society

Paperback Published: 28th January 2001
ISBN: 9781566633963
Number Of Pages: 256

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Critics have attacked the foolishness of some of today's elite thought from many angles, but few have examined the real-world consequences of those ideas. In The Burden of Bad Ideas, Heather Mac Donald reports on their disastrous effects throughout our society. At a Brooklyn high school, students perfect their graffiti skills for academic credit. An Ivy League law professor urges blacks to steal from their employers. Washington bureaucrats regard theft by drug addicts as evidence of disability, thereby justifying benefits. Public health officials argue that racism and sexism cause women to get AIDS. America's premier monument to knowledge, the Smithsonian Institution, portrays science as white man's religion. Such absurdities, Ms. Mac Donald argues, grow out of a powerful set of ideas that have governed our public policy for decades, the product of university faculties and a professional elite who are convinced that America is a deeply unjust society. And while these beliefs have damaged the nation as a whole, she observes, they have hit the poor especially hard. Her reports trace the transformation of influential opinion-makers (such as the New York Times) and large philanthropic foundations from confident advocates of individual responsibility, opportunity, and learning into apologists for the welfare state. In a series of closely reported stories from the streets of New York to the seats of intellectual power, The Burden of Bad Ideas reveals an upside-down world and how it got that way.

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A startlingly valuable book, whether you lean left or right.--Michael Pakenham "Baltimore Sun "

Introductionp. vii
The Billions of Dollars That Made Things Worsep. 3
Behind the Hundred Neediest Casesp. 25
Public Health Quackeryp. 43
Law School Humbugp. 61
Why Johnny's Teacher Can't Teachp. 82
An F for Hip-Hop 101p. 103
Revisionist Lust: The Smithsonian Todayp. 117
Homeless Advocates in Outer Spacep. 144
Compassion Gone Madp. 155
Welfare's Next Vietnamp. 173
Foster Care's Underworldp. 194
Diallo Truth, Diallo Falsehoodp. 209
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9781566633963
ISBN-10: 1566633966
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th January 2001
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.95  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.39