"morally bankrupt"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 17 21:41:47 UTC 2004

On Fri, 16 Apr 2004, Baker, John wrote:

>         Not to dump too badly on James Landau, but "morally bankrupt"
> not only predates the Vietnam War, it also was not restricted to
> discussions of the Vietnam War during the time of the war or afterwards.
> For example, President Nixon called the free speech conclusions of the
> commission on pornography morally bankrupt in 1970.

James Landau's knowledge of mathematics, Judaica, and many other fields is
so impressive that I find myself disappointed by his statements on
politics, which seem on quite a different level of knowledgeability.  His
assertion that the term _morally bankrupt_ is used exclusively about the
Vietnam War is so obviously wrong as to not need refutation, but for the
hell of it I looked at the 72 occurrences of the term on Nexis in March
and April 2004.  Exactly zero of these referred to Vietnam.


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