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Old 02-22-2011, 05:25 PM
sapeye sapeye is offline
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Default Re: Black History Edition (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Originally Posted by brucds View Post
Hedges is a smart guy and I've found value in most of his books, but he's also a master of self-righteous outrage and turns a lot of complicated issues into simplistic morality plays.
I agree with this part of your post. This doesn't mean, though, that Hedges doesn't have a clear-eyed view. I've rarely, if ever, read anything by him that I think is internally inconsistent or not grounded in facts. He describes issues from an extreme, often apocalyptic, perspective, but that can be very useful in cutting through short/narrow-sightedness and self-serving rhetoric.
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