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tashkent46
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The Supreme Court of the United States will often cite antiquated writings such as Edward Coke's Institutes on the Laws of England. This was written over three hundred years ago and is filled with all kinds of bigotry and misunderstanding, see for example the section on 'Egyptians' just above 'Rogues' where Coke speaks about what we know call travelers or 'Gypsies'. Why is the legal system of most countries, as well as the academic environments in the social sciences, filled with such antiquated traditionalism. Why does it matter that Locke pioneered liberal thought? Especially when he didn't since he preached about liberty but owned slaves. Same with the founding fathers, a bunch of hypocrites esteemed in our society, but for what?

I think there is a huge hypocrisy in our society where we place unjustified value on the thoughts and feelings of people who are usually either wrong or hypocritical.

Why do we give precedent to such outdated thinkers. It looks good or cultured to do so? Why does a man who says Rawls looks educated, but one who says Rawls was misguided in his belief in democratic institutions, or knows nothing of him, is thought to be ignorant.

A historian who writes about countries they have never been to, are they clever or dumb? How could they possibly extrapolate what it would be like to live in a certain time and place, having not set foot there?

Economists, they used to tell us as the population increased we'd all starved, now they say the opposite. They told us the welfare state wouldn't lead to growth, now they tell us the opposite, some of them anyway.

Do you ever feel like no one really knows what they're talking about, and the whole of academia is just one giant circle-jerk?
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I don't know.
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