Closed minds

 Thirty years ago, Allan Bloom wrote the book, The Closing of the American Mind. Charles Koch wrote an op-ed with the same title. There are some similarities between the two, but also one important difference.

Charles Koch looks back at the revolutionary technological advances we have made and now take for granted. He is concerned that government and the academy are stifling progress. When he attended MIT, he discovered that “scientific and technological progress requires the free and open exchange of ideas. The same holds true for moral and social progress.”

In America, we used to believe that progress comes from this free exchange of ideas and from challenging other people’s views and hypotheses. The spontaneous process of collaboration and challenge led to the technological advances we have today.

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  • jonolan  On November 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Understand that there comes a point where all the compromises have been made, and all those compromises have run their course for good or ill. At that point, what is left is the purified distillate of opposing positions, assuming both opposing positions still have adherents with enough agency to be noticed.

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