British politician Enoch Powell famously said ‘All political lives end in failure’ – a proposition amply corroborated by his own career. Scholars are vulnerable to a similar fate. To paraphrase the famous anthropologist Marshall Sahlins, academics can be certain of two things: someday, they will all be dead, and eventually, they will all be proven wrong.
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Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies and former vice-chancellor of Macquarie, Murdoch and Brunel universities.
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