Everything’s Fine!

Slate’s Jacob Weisberg yesterday published an article that basically says “we sure have been wrong about a bunch of big things; here are some other things we might be wrong about!” followed by a list of bad things that, hey, might not be so bad after all. I’ll grant Weisberg the premise that we are often wrong about things that pretty much everyone “knew”, but this list is basically an exercise in wish fulfillment. Nukes are good! Climate change is ok! Detroit is fine! Plenty of gas! Sure, statistically, a couple of these commonly-held beliefs are likely wrong, but good luck figuring out which ones. And good luck betting against them.