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The Importance of "Deep Involvement in the World of Action”

  • Sat, May 31 2008
    • Geoffrey Cowan

Walter Lippmann’s brilliant career demonstrates that people outside of the academy can produce important and impactful scholarship. In 1922, Lippmann wrote a fascinating piece for The Annals which he called “Democracy, Foreign Policy, and the Split Personality of the Modern Statesman.” At the time, he was on the editorial staff of the New York World. Based on his regular conversations – and often close friendships – with world leaders, he asserted that statesmen were much more reasonable in private conversations than they were in their public pronouncements. Something that those people close to government leaders often know to be the case, but not…

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