There’s Nothing Funny About Class, Race & Your Relative Status At Bushwood, Dear Reader-David Brooks & All That

I believe the ‘it’s not race, it’s class’ argument often becomes a center-Left fallback position from points further Leftward. Having endless such discussions conceptualizes our relative positions, along with our deep need to know where we stand in a hierarchy, towards a more center-Left platform in America.

I also believe this corrupts some of what’s genuinely possible here in America.

Of course, the telos of liberatory Marxism lurks very much behind such discussions (never achieved, because it’s ‘no-place’), in its old and nieuw-school variations (identify injustice–>blame the class to be overthrown–>organize the ‘oppressed’ towards political action, with violence if necessary–>(E)quality!

A big and active comment section (unlike the solo warbling of this site) can be fascinating: ‘Highlights From The Comments On Class-From Fussell to Muscle.’

The old and new media pulpit jockeying is also interesting, and I feel a twinge of envy, crusting over into mild disdain, picked at with sweet regret, when I read how much money David Brooks has received from Facebook.

Isn’t this a kind of new money bet-hedging in the opinion and influence market?

A wise bet?

Let’s check in at the Club, where all these problems are being worked out in real-time:

-As posted

Martin Gurri via Marginal Revolution:  ‘Notes From A Nameless Conference:’

The dilemma is that this present is defined by a radical distrust of the institutions of industrial society, and of the elites that control them, and of their statements and descriptions of reality. The conference organizers got our predicament right. At every level of contemporary social and political life, we are stuck in the muck of a profound crisis of authority.’

Roger Sandall from ‘Guardianship: The Utopia Of The New Class‘ finishes with:

‘One remembers Weber’s epitaph for the Protestant Ethic, as he contemplated a devitalised bourgeoisie spiritlessly tending the petrified mechanism their ancestors had raised. Adapted, without apology, it might also be used to depict that petrified Utopia of the New Ruling classes of the East.


‘Rulers without honour, administrators without heart, priests without conviction, this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilisation never before achieved.’

Previous ‘elite’ links on this site, arriving at some yet predictable, unrealized truths:  Via Marginal Revolution via American Affairs: ‘The Western Elite From A Chinese Perspective:’

Kenneth Anderson At Volokh: ‘The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, Or, Downward Mobility

Two Kinds Of Elite Cities in America?

There are people with careers writing about elites, becoming somewhat elite themselves, which haven’t fared too well

Toxic Feminity, Identity Medicine & Facebook-Some Links

Via a readerHeather Heying, evolutionary biologist, and wife of Bret Weinstein, offers reasonable insight.

The sexes obviously can work together collaboratively, but I’m guessing neither a vast  majority of women, nor some plurality of men, desire a return to previous traditional and religiously conservative sex roles, especially in the workplace.

One key will be continuing to identify, satirize and freeze-out radicals and narrow, rigid ideologues pursuing conformity and true-belief.  Such resistance requires the labor and firmness of the knowledgable and reasonable before this process becomes even more personal and political.

Many people are still getting passes for their questionable knowledge claims, agressive behavior and totalizing movements to contemporize all towards their utopia/dystopia.  These ideological maps tend not to line-up well with human nature (as a good humanities education can reveal), and furthermore, cloud the moral imagination.

Please let’s not politicize medicine.  Our very lives may depend on it.

Theodore Dalrymple here;

‘Two items in the British Medical Journal last week caught my eye. The first was an editorial titled “Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK,” and the second was an article titled “Diversifying the Medical Curriculum.”

Speech and thought are intimately intertwined, and the crude stuff you might say at the bar may not entirely be true, nor is it necessarily what you ought to say to your boss, amongst neighbors, or at the town hall meeting.

Personally, I don’t trust any one institution, neither public nor private, to manage all my data.

Why do I keep harping the folks posing the clearest and most immediate dangers to liberty?

Because they pose the clearest and most immediate dangers to liberty…

Facebook Has A Right To Block ‘Hate Speech’ But Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

‘By the time the 2016 U.S. election craze began (particularly after Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination), however, things had changed. The combination of Facebook’s corporate encouragement to “bring your authentic self to work” along with the overwhelmingly left-leaning political demographics of my former colleagues meant that left-leaning politics had arrived on campus’

A Free Lunch?-Megan McArdle At The Daily Beast: ‘How To Get Ahead On Facebook Without Really Trying’

Full piece here.

‘So I dug up a head shot and within minutes, I’d created my own Facebook Page. Whereupon Facebook immediately asked me if I wouldn’t like to promote it. Not, of course, by genially informing a few close friends that I now had a public page; Facebook was inviting me to buy an ad.’

Like many people online, I’m using ‘free services’ to manage part of my life and exchange ideas and information.  You probably are, too.  McArdle highlights Facebook, which has created an important new bulletin board where many of us meet.   They’ve gathered a billion users in the last nine years by offering that ‘free’ space, and are now working on how to share and sell the information they’ve gathered, while still keeping the trust of their users.  Not many people likely entered into that user agreement with a value proposition in mind.

What most businesses want is customers, visibility, and feedback in the form of analytics.  They want eyeballs, and a place on the bulletin board.  They sink money (very serious money) into marketing, and they want the most bang for their buck and for that marketing to be as targeted as possible.   Facebook, like Google, can deliver targeted marketing for a good return on investment.  Some Facebook users simply join, as McArdle points out, to promote or represent themselves.

McArdle, as a professional blogger/journalist, is part of the rise of a group of people who are shaping society by having shaped this new medium first, riding the new medium into the old journalism.  Many bloggers/journalists are idea people.  They watch, report, and explain events, especially the business of politics.  There’s been a turf war between the old and new journalists, as well as a fight over ethics, facts and the business of journalism.  Frankly, I respect journalists who follow Sayre’s Law, even when working on stories of potential importance.

The public remains skeptical.  Disgusted, even.

Newspapers and print outlets are bleeding money as they used to manage the old bulletin boards that few people visit anymore.  The profit margin was slim in most cases, but they got along selling ad space, subscriptions, and obituaries enough to fund investigative journalism and long-form journalism.   Unsurprisingly, many newspapers haven’t adapted and have simply died, or are struggling to maintain their relevance.

This helps to explain why network news is rushing to cover the latest cat video or celebrity gossip.  Ideological bias may not entirely account for why they appear more craven in the face of politicians.  They have to follow the latest trend and chase viewers.  They’ve been undercut as well.

I’m sympathetic to journalists and newspapermen in this way:  The politician downtown who’s been using his campaign fund to fly a major donor for vacations will deny, deny, deny, until some pitbull of a journalist pins him to the bulletin board for everyone to see, using shoe-leather journalism and all the facts he can muster.   This takes time and money, some courage and some concept of the public good, or at least a determination to get at the truth.  This can be in the public interest.

What Facebook does is certainly in many people’s private interest:   Catching up with a friend, or displaying those new baby pictures.  Most of us have carved out a corner of the internet for ourselves, with maybe some idea in mind that it’s a bit like the public square.  This virtual bulletin board in the public square is also in the interest of many businesses and professionals as well.  Of course, it’s also attracted the attention of many politicians (profit is to business what tax revenue is to government).  They want your money and support, too.

What about the public interest?  Who decides what’s in the public interest?

Let me know what you think.

Addition:  Wired piece on that Facebook study of your likes, which are public.

Another Addition: From  How bloggers and journalists can help each other.  Recommended.

***’If you‘ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.

Who reads the newspapers?

****Wordpress (which I recommend) offers this blogger free services to voice my opinion and share my ideas.  They’ve followed the same model:  Design the software, attract users with a free platform, decide how and how much to monetize later.  I can keep the WordPress platform, and host on my own server should I want to.  It’s a value proposition.  This kind of free clearly works for many people.

Lest you think I’m making the typical Left-Of-Center argument for a vaunted professional class curating the public good (why it’s them!), see here: Hate Is A Strong Word-Some Links On The BBC, The CBC, & NPRRepost-From ReasonTV Via Youtube: ‘Ken Burns on PBS Funding, Being a “Yellow-Dog Democrat,” & Missing Walter Cronkite’

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