Dan Drezner read Gregg Easterbrook's new book “Sonic Boom,” and seems to wish he'd thought better of it:
Easterbrook tends to contradict himself or make sweeping declarations that don’t hold up to scrutiny. At one point, he writes that the Internet is largely responsible for “much faster, more compelling and more accurate news.” Fine, except that just a paragraph earlier he characterizes the Internet as “a source of befuddlement rather than enlightenment.” Easterbrook makes both statements with equal conviction, leaving the reader himself a bit befuddled. He similarly goes back and forth on the utility of alternative energy subsidies and neoclassical economic theory.
Even more puzzling are some of his blanket assertions. For example, he flatly states that “no nation has backslid toward tyranny” since the end of the cold war. Now, Stalinism might not be making a comeback, but it’s hard to characterize recent developments in Venezuela, China or Russia as the flowering of liberty.
January 15, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
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