Citing examples from the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform and reactions to foreign policy regarding Syria, Christopher Hill ’74, formerly the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, and currently dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, stresses the importance of “the useful democratic art of respectful debate” with those who hold opposing views.
“Instant access to information does not mean instant access to knowledge, much less wisdom,” writes Hill in “The Politics of Anger Management,” his latest opinion piece for Project Syndicate. “One aspect of knowledge, as we know from 19th-century philosophy (and who studies that anymore?), reflects the integration of information with experience. Today, information is integrated with emotion – and with suspicion, sometimes bordering on paranoia, about the underlying motives of the leadership classes.”