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Update: We have published the The Death of Thinking - September 2018 Edition!

The Death of Thinking
“Law, contract, and economic rationality provide a necessary but not sufficient basis for both the stability and prosperity of postindustrial societies; they must as well be leavened with reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust, which are based in habit rather than rational calculation. The latter are not anachronisms in a modern society but rather the sine qua non of the latter’s success.”

Francis Fukuyama1

I recently read a brilliant work of cultural history, Rochelle Gurstein’s The Repeal of Reticence: A History of America’s Cultural and Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art.2 Professor Gurstein seeks to understand “how the idea of exposure, which once had been equated with shamelessness, impudence, and impropriety, came to be celebrated as the premier agency of enlightenment and emancipation.” Further, she explores “[h]ow is it that the qualities associated with the reticent sensibility, once regarded as the very foundation of civilized life, came to be blamed as the root cause of personal misery, social evil, and impoverished national culture?”3 Written more than 20 years ago, The Repeal of Reticence anticipated the death of privacy and the concomitant dumbing down of public discourse accelerated by social media and our toxic media culture:

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