Absence of thought

Susan Jacoby is a formidable social critic who writes from a progressive stance and in an accessible style. I first learned of her work through her book Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge (Harper & Row, 1983), in which she argues that when the civic system of justice does not mete out serious consequences to criminals (or does not appear to), folks take justice into their own hands in the form of acts of vengeance. In her latest book Jacoby reflects on the dumbing down of U.S. society and the loss of a capacity for critical thought. Drawing on a good bit of careful research, she thoughtfully explores this thesis from a variety of angles.


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