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February 15, 2013 02:09 PM

Shut up he explained

by Roger Kimball, from Roger's Rules

  Ring Lardner would feel right at home in today’s political environment.  Whatever the issue — gun control, affirmative action, taxes — genuine debate and open conversation have taken a back seat to hectoring intolerance.  As Lardner put it in The Young Immigrunts: Are you lost daddy I arsked tenderly. Shut up he explained. Consider [...]

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