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Confederacy of Dunces?

From the president on down, they are in resolute denial about radical Islam.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online


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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

7 Thoughts on “Confederacy of Dunces?

  1. Great Title!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. cary meshul on September 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm said:

    The entire quote is:

    When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.—Jonathan Swift

    Who is the genius here, Dr. Hanson?

  3. Dick Bigelow on September 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm said:

    “A Confederacy of Dunces” is the title of John Kennedy Toole’s 1980 novel. The term comes from Jonathan Swift’s essay, “Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting.”

  4. would these leaders be in power if the media reported the truth.and challenged those who make the current policy, while reminding them of their past mistakes?

  5. David Park on September 24, 2014 at 10:06 am said:

    These three that Mr. Hansen describes are models of political correctness. The first foundation of political correctness is the requirement that one absolutely redefines and redirects anything patently obvious.

  6. Cary, the genius is reality. Truth and facts are much stranger tha fiction, especially to leftist, delusional ideologues who can’t see anything except what’s rendered in their house of mirrors

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