Michael Bellesiles in the News Again

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Is it possible that Michael Bellesiles has invented yet another story? Bizarrely enough, yes: it does seem at least possible, as Jim Lindgren documents here. (And I’d add that in addition to Lindgren’s factual issues, Bellesiles’ piece also strikes me as implausibly pat just purely as a story.) In the grand scheme of things this doesn’t matter much, but it’s sort of the blog equivalent of wondering whether Jennifer Aniston is really over Brad. If you’ve been following it, you can’t help but be fascinated. Hopefully, in fairness to Bellesiles (if he’s done nothing wrong) and to everyone else (if he has), the Chronicle of Higher Education will sort this all out shortly.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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