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I’ve always been amused at the tendency of some conservatives to view any perceived policy failure as a grand indictment of policy in general, or of planning, or government, or civilization, or what have you (“Tomorrowland,” 7/10). One would think a more reasonable response would be to simply learn what one can from past mistakes and press on, as is done in every other field of human endeavor. However, what I find truly remarkable is that your editors would find it appropriate to highlight this theme by using large-font excerpts of relevant passages, as though it were some original and thought-provoking insight. This sort of overheated nonsense has been a dominant theme in American culture for nearly 20 years.

Alexandria, Va.