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Episode 20
Featuring Daniel W. Drezner
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Daniel Drezner about the state of intellectual thought in America. Where does one go for good information? How does one measure the value of an idea? How has the wealth gap, partisanship, and information overload created a landscape welcoming to the thought leader but hostile to the public intellectual?

In this week’s episode of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with political scientist Daniel Drezner about public intellectuals, thought leaders, and the marketplace of ideas. Dr. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the author of “Spoiler Alerts” for the Washington Post. His latest book, The Ideas Industry, explores the balance that must be struck between public intellectuals and thought leaders in a properly functioning marketplace of ideas.

 

What is the state of intellectual thought in American society? Where does one go in order to find good information? How does one measure the value of an idea if he or she cannot determine its veracity? How have the foundations of Western intellectual development like empiricism and reason been turned into political footballs? Why has trust in institutions eroded? Why has the credibility of journalists, scientists, and experts been brought into question? How has the wealth gap, partisanship, and information overload created a landscape welcoming to thought leaders, but hostile to the very types of public intellectuals that would have been celebrated less than 50 years before?

 

Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas

Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou

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Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the author of “Spoiler Alerts” for the Washington Post.  Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University.  Drezner has written six books, including All Politics is Global and The System Worked, and edited two others, including Avoiding Trivia.   He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, and has been a contributing editor for Foreign Policy andThe National Interest.  He received his B.A. in political economy from Williams College and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His latest book, The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas, was published by Oxford University Press in the spring of 2017.

 

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