Michael Lind on Christopher Hitchens…

Michael Lind on Christopher Hitchens…

Michael Lind writes a fine post in Salon on Christopher Hitchens, the roles ascribed to him in the US and the UK, and draws out some fine distinctions between public intellectuals, the attributes of scholarship and what much of our journalism and much of the blogosphere have come to think they represent.

At this time in the world, serious scholarship meeting high standards in its research and the logic of its conclusions is vital.

We also face the task of getting that serious work into the hands of decision makers who are willing to be moved by it.  To some extent the blogosphere seems to have been more successful getting it its work into the hands of those who will listen and follow than in doing the preliminary work to ensure the quality of what it puts forth.

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