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

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Ivan R. Dee, Jan 1, 2000 - Political Science - 242 pages
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"In closely reported stories from the streets of New York to the seats of intellectual power, Ms. Mac Donald shows how bad ideas get started and then acquire a life of their own. 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. The prevailing orthodoxy of ideas, she finds, has affected our law schools, our schools of education, our museums, even our schools of public health - with ruinous consequences for the teaching of our children."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Her first chapter, "The billions of dollars that made things worse," is particularly strong and important. Read full review

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Conservative essays on how Marxist, feminist, and cultural ideals have the effect of taking substance out of learning institutions and fostering dependency on governmental programs. This was an easy ... Read full review

Contents

Behind the Hundred Neediest Cases
25
Public Health Quackery
43
Law School Humbug
61
Copyright

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Alan Peters is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa. Heather MacDonald is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa, where she has served as chair of the planning program. They both live in Iowa City, Iowa.

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