The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society, Heather Mac Donald
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The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society

Author: Heather Mac Donald

Narrator: Anna Fields

Unabridged: 9 hr 41 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 03/12/2001

Genre: Political Science - Public Policy - Social Policy

Synopsis

In closely reported stories from the streets of New York to the seats of intellectual power, MacDonald shows how bad ideas get started and then acquire a life of their own. Her reports trace the transformation of influential opinion-makers 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 schools with ruinous consequences for our children. While these beliefs have damaged the nation as a whole, she observes, they have hit the poor especially hard. When it comes to urban problems and social policy, The Burden of Bad Ideas is more than a breath of fresh air. It’s a cold shower.

“ . . . MacDonald is, as readers of this volume will discover, indispensable.”—George  Will

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