Scholarly embarrassment Harvard Professor Stephen Walt’s Feb. 22 column, “Why Is Academic Writing So Poor?” makes a compelling case for clarity and concision. Yet sometimes even academics can fail in the opposite direction by simplifying and outright distorting for the sake of persuasion. A prime example would be Walt’s own …
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