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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Economist Readers Have Gone Wobbly

    By Kyle | May 4, 2011

    The Economist is taking a poll: Is it right to celebrate the death of Bin Laden? The question need not even be asked. And yet…so far, 58 percent have said no. I can remember when The Economist and its readers were united in their center-right common sense. One of the unfortunate habits of modern Western educated man is to dig for complexity in things that are simple.

    Topics: Bin Laden dead | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Economist Readers Have Gone Wobbly”

    1. James Frazier Says:
      May 5th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      Somewhere along the line many get the impression that reflexively taking the indefensible position represents some sort of moral sophistication, when in fact it represents the opposite. I was flabbergasted at how many of my friends on Facebook were expressing sentiments not entirely far removed from the official Hamas statement on the matter.