Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Wrongs

In the spirit of all the "Think That You Might Be Wrong" signs around New Orleans, I'm linking to a recent Slate article that asks what else are we wrong about?

Sometimes those "end of history" statements seem like just yesterday. Conventional wisdom's assumptions have misfired on several biggies in recent years, including (but not limited to):

Before 2001, few Middle East scholars worried that the United States was vulnerable to a major terrorist attack. Before 2003, everyone from neocon hawks to French lefties agreed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Before 2008, few economists wondered about the fundamental soundness of the American financial system.
Any thoughts on what else conventional wisdom might be missing?

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