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Friday, August 22, 2008

The challenge

Roger Kimball issues it:

The Challenge: Name the silliest argument to be offered by a serious academic in the last 25 years and to be taken up and be gravely masticated by the larger world of intellectual debate.

It's very hard to top his nominee of Fukuyama and "the end of history". But for my money, it's got to be something to do with equalitarianism. The problem is that I can't think of a serious academic specifically making an argument about equalitarianism as such. The idea tends to be more of a base assumption than an argument for most intellectuals these days, its material nonexistence notwithstanding.

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