The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

by William Deresiewicz American Scholar edited by O Society April 8, 2019 It didn’t dawn on me there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I’d just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a … Continue reading The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Ignore All Arguments About “What Is Politically Feasible”…

...because Nobody actually knows what can and can’t happen in politics. by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Feb 28, 2019 The last time I ever thought about whether something in politics “could” or “couldn’t” happen was Nov. 8, 2016. That day, a thing happened many people previously believed to be completely impossible. The chief political correspondents … Continue reading Ignore All Arguments About “What Is Politically Feasible”…

What Have You Got?

Reflections on Hubris by Luke O'brien Oct 5, 2018 Praise be to Nero’s Neptune, the Titanic sails at dawn Everybody’s shouting, “Which side are you on?!” The question that will hang over the last campfire of Earth will be, “what have we done?” And, perhaps even, “why?” One of the scraggly, misshapen apes might, somehow, have enough … Continue reading What Have You Got?

The Intellectual Yet Idiot

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of paternalistic semi-intellectual experts with some Ivy league, Oxford-Cambridge, or similar label-driven education who are telling the rest … Continue reading The Intellectual Yet Idiot