- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But I think we as a society are too hung up on credentials. Academics tend to treat a doctorate like a union card. But there are many fools with doctorates, and some very wise people without them, but with lots of experience and academic knowledge. The questions we should be asking are: Does what this person have to say make sense? Do they know what they are talking about?