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FROM AUTHOR HARRY N. MACLEAN

New Most Annoying Phrase: Speaking Truth To Power

I first hear this phrase from the woman who walked out of a conference in which Harvard President Larry Summers has suggested that part of the reason for the difference in men and women’s accomplishments in math and science might be innate. After bursting into tears over the insult, the woman proclaimed that she was one of the few in the world who could Speak Truth To Power.  Since then, whoever I’ve seen use the phrase is generally of the same ilk: so very, very impressed with their Courage to Stand Up for What Is Right Against a Big Bad Bully; and so very willing to Sacrifice Themselves for the Cause.  “Get over yourself” is a cliche that might apply to most of these people.

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