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Cardboard Characters

President Chavez gave a book to President Obama.  As Mary O'Grady explains in this article, Senor Chavez's reading list speaks volumes about his world view — a benighted view in which prosperous nations are seen to grow rich by "exploiting" poor nations — a fatuous view that sees events as being only struggles by good guys against bad guys — a tunneled view focused not on understanding reality but one that reveals to the viewer only that which enables the viewer to feel morally certain and superior (while, at the same time, saving the viewer any need to do real, serious thinking).

Persons with this world view find compelling the cardboard characters that inhabit books such as those admired by Senor Chavez.


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