I like to repeat (and abide by) a mantra: The conventional wisdom
in politics is always wrong.
Then the textbook introduces relevant sociological concepts and theories that mesh with or debunk the conventional wisdom
. Among the topics are winning is everything, beauty is only skin deep, America is the land of equal opportunity, honesty is the best policy, marriage is a failing institution, immigrants are ruining the nation, and education is the great equalizer.
The conventional wisdom
works for Pauken, to a point; Cruz, now the state's junior U.S.
But as the Supreme Court recently discovered, the conventional wisdom
does not always reflect reality.
One wants to say that he pushed the conventional wisdom
toward the position that, if nothing else, the Park51 developers have the right to build their center there, and in fact he probably did.
Challenging the conventional wisdom
on the property tax.
Perhaps lawmakers will see that the value of defined benefit plan relief trumps the conventional wisdom
. Despite WRERA relief, and imminent administrative relief expected from the Treasury Department as of press time for this column, many employer plan sponsors continue to face unprecedented funding pressure in the face of falling corporate bond interest rates and tight credit markets.
The problem with the conventional wisdom
regarding losing weight is that if you exercise more and eat less you can reduce your weight--and maintain the weight level that you want.
This is the second volume in Cuthbert's challenging assault on the conventional wisdom
on urban design and the physical determinism that still shapes most designers' approaches to the subject.
Daring to defy the conventional wisdom
that globalization is placing the primary downward pressure on American wages, Globalization And The Politics Of Pay, Hansen's comprehensive analysis presents evidence that free-market ideologies, low voter turnout, and choices made directly by America's states through their laws and policies have had a greater effect on keeping wages low than globalization; furthermore, foreign trade and investment can lead to higher pay in the state labor market.
Challenging such issues as the conventional wisdom
that globalization can be blamed for the decline in earnings, Globalization And The Politics Of Pay offers a logical, concise grasp of how American political decisions have effected economic growth and demographics.
and the conventional wisdom
posited that straight men just don't care about shopping--at least not enough to sustain a magazine whose content was simply the presentation of products for purchase,
The conventional wisdom
the title refers to is hardly conventional.
The presidential commission investigating intelligence failures leading to the Iraq war wrote the following in its final report, released in March: "[I]t is hard to deny the conclusion that intelligence analysts worked in an environment that did not encourage skepticism about the conventional wisdom
." Embedded in that whopping understatement is a jewel of good governance: the free exchange of ideas, including an openness to dissent.
"Milk makes mucus," goes the conventional wisdom
. Yet few studies have tested milk's effect on cold sufferers.