Focus Point – The Burden of Bad Ideas

I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. You know when a conservative book gets favorable reviews from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and former Colorado governor Richard Lamm, a self-proclaimed member of the liberal democratic tradition, that somebody's doing something right.

In this case, it's The Manhattan Institute's Heather Macdonald. Her book of essays, "The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern intellectuals Misshape Our Society," mercilessly dissects the liberal notions that have corrupted public policy since the 1960s: The elimination of personal responsibility, the notion government action is the only way to save society, the nonsense that education should be about good feelings rather than learning.

She's at her best shining the spotlight on areas you would think resistant to liberalism's bad ideas, such as public health policy.

No such luck. According to public health professionals, living in America is hazardous to women and minorities due to sickness-producing injustice and bigotry. Who needs germs?

Again, it's "The Burden of Bad Ideas," by Heather Macdonald.

Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont, democracy by lot.