This essay, printed in “Foreign Affairs,” in their current issue, and extracted from Nichols’s new book, just published is a sobering, yet witty account of a phenomenon long in the making. He adopted an essay that originally appeared in “The Federalist” in 2014 to write the book. So, in a sense the essay is a distillation of a reconstitution of a concentrated contemplation. I heard Nichols interviewed on NPR’s “Here and Now” program yesterday, and that’s worth a listen. He’s sharp, and clearly quite smart, and humorous, when appropriate. And all in a very establishment package, an academic who is a professor at the Navy War College. After we’ve all had a chance to peruse this dense and lengthy essay, perhaps there’ll be more to say. You can start with a comment here, if you would.
Here’s the essay: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2017-02-13/how-america-lost-faith-expertise
Nichols, as you’ll discover, is a national security expert who learns from his mistakes, and knows whereof he speaks. Here him speak briefly and convincingly here, with a podcast from NPR’s broadcast on March 13, 2017: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/03/13/expertise-death-tom-nichols