In This Episode
There is a growing wave of anti-rationalism that has been destroying respect for expertise and undermining our institutions, preventing rational debate. It is spreading an epidemic of misinformation, which threatens to weaken the very foundations of our democracy. Tom Nichols, a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, discusses his latest book on this subject: “The Death of Expertise and the Campaign Against Established Knowledge.” If you’re an anti-vaxxer, an Obama birther, a 9/11 Truther, or if you believe there really are aliens at Roswell, you need to listen to this show.
About Our Guest
Tom Nichols is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, an adjunct Professor at Harvard Extension School, and was a Fellow in the Project on Managing the Atom at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania.
He is the author of several works on Foreign Policy and International Security Affairs including: The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, The Russian Presidency, and his most recent book: The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters.