An argument can be strong or weak, civil or ill-mannered, calm or heated, edifying or misleading. Even the most frustrating arguments, though, offer readers more than the tropes pervading this frustrating review, and other journalistic work of the same genre: Let us call them Idioms of Non-Argument.
Never mind the merits of the book’s thesis—what’s important here, fellow leftists, is where the authors fall on a left-right ideological spectrum and what psychological factors may be motivating them. What’s a truth proposition when there’s an ongoing culture war to fight?
Conor Friedersdorf, dismantling Moira Weigel’s shoddy review of The Coddling of the American Mind.
But having read Heather McDonald’s take on The Coddling of the American Mind, I too question the book’s thesis.