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Dangerous Pundits

Samuel Huntington
Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilisations
Thomas Friedman
Dinesh D'Souza
Robert D. Kaplan
Richard Herrnstein
Charles Murray
Randy Thornhill
Craig Palmer

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Robert Kagan on Robert Kaplan

Cheryl Brown Travis on Thornhill and Palmer

People For the American Way on Dinesh D'Souza

American Anthropological Association Public Anthropology Site

Matt Taibbi reviews Thomas Friedman

Norma Solomon reviews Thomas Friedman

David Corn discusses Thomas Friedman and other Neo-cons

New York Review of Books on Thomas Friedman

In this fresh, literate, and biting critique of current thinking on some of today's most important and controversial topics, leading anthropologists take on some of America's top pundits.

This absorbing collection of essays subjects such popular commentators as Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, and Dinesh D'Souza to cold, hard scrutiny and finds that their writing is often misleadingly simplistic, culturally ill-informed, and politically dangerous. Mixing critical reflection with insights from their own fieldwork, twelve distinguished anthropologists respond by offering fresh perspectives on globalization, ethnic violence, social justice, and the biological roots of behavior. They take on such topics as the collapse of Yugoslavia, the consumer practices of the American poor, American foreign policy in the Balkans, and contemporary debates over race, welfare, and violence against women. In the clear, vigorous prose of the pundits themselves, these contributors reveal the hollowness of what often passes as prevailing wisdom and passionately demonstrate the need for a humanistically complex and democratic understanding of the contemporary world.

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