Coming in 2016: “The Death of Expertise,” the book


Nichols_DeathOfExpertiseI had no idea, when I first wrote “The Death of Expertise” as a blog post here, that it would go viral. It was picked up by The Federalist, and was the most-read post of its first year in publication. (And when I say “most-read,” I mean a lot of views.) I started getting letters from all over the world, including requests to republish it or translate it into other languages.

And now, thanks to Oxford University Press, it’s going to appear as a book. (Assuming I sit down and actually write the darn thing, of course.) So, thanks to everyone who read it, tweeted it, posted it, and translated it, because it’s been a great year or so of discussion with you. If you have more anecdotes to share, don’t hesitate to post them or mail them to me.

In the meantime, I’ll be slogging away on the book, which if all goes well should appear in mid to late 2016. Until then, activity here on the blog will be a tad light, but if you’re looking for new pieces by me, check my usual haunts at The Federalist, The National Interest, and even a new piece at The Daily Beast.

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The Trump Archive


I’ve written a lot of pieces about Trump since last year, and lately I’ve had a lot of folks on Twitter and elsewhere asking me for links. So I’m gathering up all of my pieces about Trump right here, in one handy post.

As you can tell, I have deep concerns about a man I think is unfit to be president. Here’s what I’ve written, with the most recent pieces first.

Separator2_900_900Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech Was Gobbledygook: The New York Daily News, April 2016

The worst foreign policy speech by a major candidate ever, although Ann Coulter thought it was the best since Washington’s Farewell Address. I am not making that up.
Separator2_900_900If I Lose Friends Over Trump, So Be It: The Federalist, April 2016

Speaks for itself, really.
Separator2_900_900I’ll Take Hillary Clinton Over Donald Trump: The Federalist, February 2016.

This is the one that gives the Trump fanatics palpitations, not least because I called them “Star-struck, low-information celebrity cultists.” Because they are.

Separator2_900_900Ignore Michael Dougherty’s Defense of Donald Trump, The Federalist, February 2016

This is where I objected to Dougherty using my hometown of Chicopee as an example of why the white working class has sympathy for Trump.
Separator2_900_900How The PC Police Propelled Donald Trump, The Daily Beast, January 2016

This one gave liberals the vapors because I said they created the fertile ground in which Trumpism grew. Many of them, including the usual hyperventilators at Salon, were incensed that I laid off any of Trump on the American Left. But to his credit, Kevin Drum at Mother Jones suggested that I might in fact have a point.
Separator2_900_900Donald Trump, the Hipster Candidate, The Federalist, August 2015.

The grand-daddy of them all, where I said Trumpism “isn’t a partisan problem, it’s a symptom of broad cultural dysfunction.”
Separator2_900_900Enjoy. At this rate, the Clinton family will be in the White House until 2050.



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Assessing the Iran Deal

Tom lookIn late September, I was on a panel hosted by Brown University’s Watson Center on “Assessing the Iran Deal.”

You can see how I feel about the “deal” by the look on my face.

If you’d like to see the entire talk, including comments from Nobel Laureate Leon Cooper, former Dept of Commerce appointee Sue Eckert, Prof. Nick Murray, and physicist Derek Stein, all moderated by Ambassador Richard Boucher, you can see it on YouTube here.

My favorite moment (which you can find in the Q and A) is when Professor Cooper said: Well, if Iran pulls out 0f the deal, there’s always Israeli military action. Such is the state we’ve come to in American foreign policy, but judge for yourself:


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