The Unfortunate Appeal of the Heroic Idiot

Author: David Hopkins

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Benjamin Franklin was America's greatest scholar, philosopher, and scientist. And during one of the most crucial moments in our country's history, Franklin showed up in Paris wearing a goofy fur-cap on his head. In doing so, he may have set a terrible precedent for American scholars who continually play the fool in order to make the message more palatable.

David Hopkins writes a little bit of everything and likes to make sense of crazy ideas. David has been a regular contributor to D Magazine and…more

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