The "chairman and editor-in-chief" of the Slate Group, Jacob Weisberg -- I'm going to have to start calling myself chairman and editor-in-chief of the FutureOfCapitalism group -- inveighs against "the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large." He means the American public. What a contrast to the late Robert Bartley of the Wall Street Journal, who used to talk about the wisdom of the voters. It's a fine line between what Mr. Weisberg writes and contempt for the masses. If you really believe that Americans are childish and ignorant, then why trust them to decide for themselves what or how much to eat or whether to purchase health insurance? Why trust them even to elect their own leaders? Writes Michael Kinsley: "If nothing else, give Weisberg points for guts." Link via The Browser.