Category Archives: Elitism

Considering the Certain Elite

It’s a funny thing about PhD programs. The Masters work was a slog, but not all that bad – it was easy enough to keep things in perspective and chat with the wife and wash the car and feed the … Continue reading

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American Contrarian

Americans don’t get around much, and it’s probably a good thing they don’t. It’s probably best to stay home. Japan, for example, is entirely incomprehensible – a culture where the notion of shame is paramount. No American CEO who screwed … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Whining

Looking back on that decade of teaching long ago some things become clear. Sure, you wanted the kids to understand what the hell was going on in Hamlet or the Odyssey or that Theodore Roethke poem, and you also knew … Continue reading

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The Elites and the Common Man

The last Sunday in September here in Hollywood was a bit brutal – by noon it was a hundred ten in the shade, and there wasn’t much of that. And the air was bone dry, which meant Red Flag warnings … Continue reading

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Determining Who is Wise, Who Is Smart, and Who is Good

A long, long time ago – in the late seventies, the dying days of disco, when suddenly Margaret Thatcher was running Britain and the Shah hightailed it out of Iran and then the new folks there took our folks hostage, … Continue reading

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Populist Politics for Dummies

Another Thanksgiving, and the same problem, as always – if you’re of the liberal persuasion, even though you try to hide it with some hedging and saying that you’re really a progressive, but not really that, rather just curious about … Continue reading

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Changing Expectations

We Americans are a funny lot – we like exceptional people, the extraordinarily talented entertainer, the artist who moves us all, or the athlete who does the impossible at just the right moment, sinking that shot at the buzzer or … Continue reading

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