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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
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
How the TED Conference Started An Intellectual Movement -- New York Magazine
"Smart talk has never been such a valuable commodity. It’s spawned conferences like TED, Davos, and now a slew of upstart competitors. It has made the eighteen‑minute TED lecture a viral online phenomenon. But are we running out of things to say?"
conference  elitism  status  speaking  public  online  viral 
march 2012 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
Overcoming Bias : Who Are US Policy Elites?
So it seems the US has a finance and policy elite defined by college ties and related social connections, an elite with a strong sense that only people in their circle can really be trusted, and that their institutions must be saved at all cost at taxpayer expense if necessary.
elite  america  economics  elitism  policy  politics  social  networks  cynicism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Epistemology of Elitism - PostClassic
Lists some of the virtues of music/art: innovation, craftsmanship, emotional truth, sensuousness, clarity, simplicity, intellectualism, memorability, physicality, theoretical rigor... Annotated link
music  experience  philosophy  aesthetics  value  judgment  virtue  elitism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Perfectionism in Moral and Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Perfectionism has acquired a number of meanings in contemporary moral and political philosophy. The term is used to refer to an account of the good human life, an account of human well-being, a moral theory, and an approach to politics. Historically, perfectionism is associated with ethical theories that characterize the human good in terms of the development of human nature.
philosophy  encyclopedia  reference  perfectionism  excellence  elitism 
december 2008 by tsuomela
'Race and Class Matters at an Elite College' :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, Views and Jobs
Among the sub-debates in the debates over affirmative action are questions over the relative significance of race and class. A new book attempts to explore race and class simultaneously in a college setting
race  college  academic  social-science  class  elitism 
september 2008 by tsuomela

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