Kurt W. Clausen


In rare company, I jokingly refer to myself as a “Recovering Elitist Academic Researcher” (or R.E.A.R. for short). What I mean by this is that I was trained to stand apart as a scholar from my subject and examine it like I was getting ready to estimate and split up a diamond. And this is what I had done for the first few years of my career. An educational historian by trade, it was quite easy for me to combine people into groups, or movements, or schools of thought, countries, or even cultures. I, of course, felt that my job was to record as objectively as possible the world around me. I was in the world, but not of the world. It was in this way that I could remain aloof and write the truth…

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