Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Memories of Apples or Oranges

An old criticism of military leaders is that they plan as if they were going to refight the last war.

To varying degrees, many of us are guilty of similar miscalculations. For example, many commentators look at American politics as if Dwight Eisenhower, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Richard Nixon were still around and the old constituencies were in play.

Likewise, I've heard people refer to the objectivity of the press as if Walter Cronkite, Frank Reynolds, and David Brinkley were calling the shots.

That's not just a different world. It is a different universe. 

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