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The Betrayal of Democracy | Chris Lehmann
On finding Christopher Lasch in a Steve Bannon listicle
alt-right  populism  elites  elitism  1990s  culture  failure 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Home | William Deresiewicz
Book site for Excellent Sheep: The miseducation of the American elite
book  education  college  elites 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Frank Rich on 'This Town' and Washington's Dysfunctional Bipartisanship -- New York Magazine
"The Stench of the Potomac Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment."
politics  money  lobbying  class  elites  power  democrats  failure  corruption 
august 2013 by tsuomela
CONTRARY BRIN: Airline deterioration, the new elite, levees and climate deniers
"Gradually, people are growing aware that the rich, famous and powerful are abandoning our crowded airports, evading the painful security queues, the germ-laden air and uncertain schedules. Leaving all of that for little folk to endure, elites are even staying away from First Class. (Have you noticed, most of the people up front are either exhausted upper-middle managers or frequent fliers, traveling on upgrades? And first class service has deteriorated, accordingly.)"
travel  air-travel-failure  airtraffic  elites  class  economics  politics 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Has the One Percent Already Won This Thing? | Dissident Voice
Not to sound defeatist, but maybe the one-percent has already won this thing.  With the poor now cheering for the rich, the plutocrats’ wildest and most ambitious fantasies have been realized.  Not only have the rich succeeded in convincing workers to root against labor unions—the one and only institution dedicated to their welfare—they’ve convinced them to fight for the interests of the wealthy rather than the interests of their own tribe. Annotated link
politics  elites  capitalism  defeat  cultural-theory  unions  work  labor  ideology 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The New Elitists -
" The narrative of openness and talent obscures the bitter truth of the American experience. Talents are costly to develop, and we refuse to socialize these costs. To be an outstanding student requires not just smarts and dedication but a well-supported school, a safe, comfortable home and leisure time to cultivate the self. These are not widely available. When some students struggle, they can later tell the story of their triumph over adversity, often without mentioning the helping hand of a tutor. Other students simply fail without such expensive aids." Annotated link
elites  class  economics  ability  success  luck  talent  inequality 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Guest Review by Aaron Swartz: Chris Hayes’ The Twilight of The Elites — Crooked Timber
"Hayes pins the blame on an unlikely suspect: meritocracy. We thought we would just simply pick out the best and raise them to the top, but once they got there they inevitably used their privilege to entrench themselves and their kids (inequality is, Hayes says, “autocatalytic”). Opening up the elite to more efficient competition didn’t make things more fair, it just legitimated a more intense scramble. The result was an arms race among the elite, pushing all of them to embrace the most unscrupulous forms of cheating and fraud to secure their coveted positions. As competition takes over at the high end, personal worth resolves into exchange value, and the elite power accumulated in one sector can be traded for elite power in another: a regulator can become a bank VP, a modern TV host can use their stardom to become a bestselling author (try to imagine Edward R. Murrow using the nightly news to flog his books the way Bill O’Reilly does). This creates a unitary elite, detached from the bulk of society, yet at the same time even more insecure."
elites  expertise  inequality  income-distribution  power  politics  economics  american  meritocracy 
june 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Social hierarchy and popular culture
"Based on these findings, Peterson recommends junking the "elite culture-mass culture" distinction in favor of an "omnivore-univore" distinction. There is indeed a significant difference in the cultural tastes of high-status and low-status people
culture  elites  elitism  taste  music  mass  social  hierarchy  popular  class 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?—David Frum - The Daily Beast
"Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an important book that will have large influence. It is unfortunately not a good book—but its lack of merit in no way detracts from its importance. If anything, the book's flaws add to its power, by enhancing the book's appeal to the audience for whom it is intended. Coming Apart is an important book less because of what it says than because of what it omits
book  review  welfare  economics  politics  conservatism  ideology  class  culture  behavior  elites  elitism  power 
may 2012 by tsuomela
'Gaia' Scientist Reverses Climate Predictions | Global Warming Controversy | LiveScience
"Lovelock, who introduced the Gaia Hypothesis describing life on Earth as a vast self-regulating organism some 40 years ago, also stated that since 2000, warming had not happened as expected.

"The climate is doing its usual tricks. There's nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now," Lovelock told in an interview.

While warming may not have reached Lovelock's expectations, it is clearly happening"
interview  climate-change  global-warming  environment  media  celebrity  expertise  elites  controversy 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Music, Modernism, and the Twilight of the Elites
"By now it is becoming hard to remember that, at the peak of its popularity and influence, classical music carried with it an undeniable intellectual and even moral authority, qualities which would rub off on composers and performers such as Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Albert Schweitzer, Pierre Boulez, Van Cliburn and Igor Stravinsky, all of whom would, in different ways, play leading roles within the social and cultural landscape of the cold war period."
history  music  expertise  elites  classical  modernism  genre  influence 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Charles Murray on the new upper class « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"I think Murray and I are basically in agreement about the facts here. If you take narrow enough slices and focus on the media, academia, and civilian government, you can find groups of elites with liberal attitudes on economic and social issues. But I’m also interested in all those elites with conservative attitudes. Statistically, they outnumber the liberal elites. The conservative elites tend to live in different places than the liberal elites and they tend to have influence in different ways (consider, for example, decisions about where to build new highways, convention centers, etc., or pick your own examples), and those differences interest me." Annotated link
elites  expertise  class  wealth  income  economics  politics 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Stephen Pinker is a member of the intellectual elite « Quomodocumque
Is lack of statistics education really the pressing problem for higher education?

"Go around saying “Society can get along fine without the study of literature” and you’re a hard-nosed realist willing to make tough choices in hard times. Try it with “Society can get along fine without scientists and engineers” and you’re laughed out of town."
via:cshalizi  innumeracy  statistics  humanities  two-cultures  intellectuals  history  mathematics  education  elites 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : The Big Failure
"The key questions are, of course, why is it so hard to inform the public that intellectual elites disagree with them on such issues, and if being informed of this fact would be enough to change their minds."
elites  information  public-opinion  economics 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Heather Wilson - Our superficial scholars
"I have, however, become increasingly concerned in recent years - not about the talent of the applicants but about the education American universities are providing. Even from America's great liberal arts colleges, transcripts reflect an undergraduate specialization that would have been unthinkably narrow just a generation ago. "
education  meritocracy  elites  rhodes-scholarship  academic  pedagogy  specialization 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Rise of the New Global Elite - Magazine - The Atlantic
"It is perhaps telling that Blankfein is the son of a Brooklyn postal worker and that Hayward—despite his U.S. caricature as an upper-class English twit—got his start at BP as a rig geologist in the North Sea. They are both, in other words, working-class boys made good. And while you might imagine that such backgrounds would make plutocrats especially sympathetic to those who are struggling, the opposite is often true. For the super-elite, a sense of meritocratic achievement can inspire high self-regard, and that self-regard—especially when compounded by their isolation among like-minded peers—can lead to obliviousness and indifference to the suffering of others. "
economics  elites  wealth  rich  class  capitalism  business  world  glocalism  globalization  global  power  philanthropy 
january 2011 by tsuomela
SpringerLink - Scientometrics, Volume 85, Number 1
Characterizing a scientific elite: the social characteristics of the most highly cited scientists in environmental science and ecology
John N. Parker, Christopher Lortie and Stefano Allesina
citation-analysis  citation  science  productivity  elites 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Skewering Intellectuals - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Russell Jacoby reviews Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell. "In the Conservative Series on American Politics, Sowell has given us the Idiot's Guide to Intellectuals, Big Print Edition. We should take him at his word. This is not a book for intellectuals. It is a gift item for conservatives who do not read. They can shelve it next to Paul Johnson's screed. If conservatives want something more, however, they should spring for Posner's Public Intellectuals. Posner may be wrong-headed, but he has bite and verve. Moreover, if they buy Posner in paperback instead of Sowell in hardback, they will save 10 bucks. In Sowell's universe, that clinches any argument."
book  review  intellectual  elites  conservatism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - Why Americans hate (some of) their elites
Oddly for Brooks, however, this column operates entirely outside the realm of human agency. After all, doctors and the military are very trusted, and we've turned massive amounts of responsibility over to new elites, like those out of Silicon Valley, with nary a peep. So it's not simply that Americans hate elites. It's that they don't like certain institutions. And there's a perfectly plausible explanation for why.

The institutions they don't like are the institutions that have been the subject of well-organized and extremely costly attack campaigns for decades now.
expertise  politics  leadership  trust  society  talent  meritocracy  elites  elitism  public 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - The Power Elite -
by David Brooks - "Yet here’s the funny thing. As we’ve made our institutions more meritocratic, their public standing has plummeted. We’ve increased the diversity and talent level of people at the top of society, yet trust in elites has never been lower."
expertise  politics  leadership  trust  society  talent  meritocracy  elites  elitism  public 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Fantasy-League Politics | The American Prospect
Some criticisms of independent party hopes, especially elite hopes.
politics  independent  populism  third-party  elites 
february 2010 by tsuomela
One Man’s Moose « Easily Distracted
On the other hand, there’s a danger to defending the state as an institution by listing its productive integration into everyday life. For one, it’s important for educated elites in the U.S. and Western Europe to seriously consider the degree to which that state, the state that provides services and protections, is an institution to which those elites have privileged access.
government  freedom  liberalism  institutions  elites  power  success 
october 2009 by tsuomela
"So You Just Squandered Billions . . . Take Another Whack at It" By Steven Pearlstein
The bad stuff happened after I left. . . . The losses that occurred on my watch were more than offset by our profits during the boom. . . . I saw it coming and sold off most of it before the crash. . . . Our securities performed better than most.

There is probably some truth to these excuses, but taken as a whole, they are really nothing more than a cop-out. It's hard to believe that large organizations could really go from being smart and honest one day to being stupid and deceitful a year later. Nor is it credible that the money they earned during the good years was the result of individual brilliance while the money lost in the bad years was the result of uncontrollable market forces. It is also a peculiar moral code that says it is okay to traffic in crappy securities, just as long as you don't get stuck with them in your own portfolio when the market finally craters.
economics  finance  elites  power  wealth  meritocracy  success  money  banking  morality  ethics  business  business-as-usual  behavior 
september 2009 by tsuomela
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Actually, the Senate Is Far Less Nepotistic Today
One of the preliminary analyses we decided to conduct for the paper was to simply compute the share of U.S. senators in each Congress (through the 104th) with a relative who had served in Congress (House or Senate). As the figure above shows, the share of Senators with relatives who were serving or had served in Congress has been steadily shrinking.
government  congress  nepotism  elites  power  history 
september 2009 by tsuomela
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