On Speaking the Truth to Power


“Speaking the truth to power is no Panglossian idealism: it is carefully weighing the alternatives, picking the right one, and then intelligently representing it where it can do the most good and cause the right change.”

Edward Sa’id, Representations of the Intellectual (1994).


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  1. One question that will always cause the analysts to ‘kick’ is the kind of framework to use in selecting the alternatives. More questions follow: do you weigh based on optimization or maximization. If those are answered, you still leave yourself exposed to the bias of having pre-determined that some attention in a particular direction would do ‘good’ which means that in others it might do ‘bad’….. And I am scared of value judgments.

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