The Trump Era as an Occasion for Truth Telling by Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch edited by O Society April 13, 2019 Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an … Continue reading Can We Stop Pretending Now?
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
https://youtu.be/meiU6TxysCg What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? by Ron Unz American Conservative (PDF) edited by O Society Mar 21, 2019 Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Timesstory broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a … Continue reading The Myth of America Meritocracy
by Clifton Mark Aeon edited by O Society Mar 13, 2019 ‘We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …’ ~ Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 ‘We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.’ … Continue reading A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you
Chuck Mertz interviews Julie Wilson This is Hell! Listen to audio of the whole interview: Transcript of the interview follows: The theory of individualism within neoliberalism is not about abstract rights or even having property. It’s that you are human capital that has to compete and must constantly be self-appreciating. The self is capital that … Continue reading The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.
The class divide is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem. by Matthew Stewart Atlantic 1. The Aristocracy Is Dead … For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would … Continue reading The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy