lundi 25 octobre 2010

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William F. Buckley over a half century ago came up with a delightful quip. He said that he would prefer to be governed by the first 200 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the faculty of Harvard University. He did not say this because he was a graduate of Yale. He said it because he did not trust the wisdom of a self-selected, tenured or tenure-seeking faculty at the most prestigious academic institution in the United States. In other words, he did not trust the judgment of academicians. He believed that the common sense of the average man is more reliable than the highly rarefied academic skills of the University faculty. I am in agreement with him.

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