Fresh audio product
Just posted to my radio archives (and, as always, the audio is often posted before the web page is updated, so for maximum timeliness, subscribe to the podcast—see headnote on archive for details):
January 28, 2012 Kevin Gray on South Carolina • Catherine Liu, author of American Idyll, on education, testing, anti-intellectualism, and the bogus politics of “anti-elitism”
January 21, 2012 Erin Siegal, author of Finding Fernanda, on adoption tragedies • David Cay Johnston on why Mitt is lightly taxed
I don’t think there’s much new about American anti-elitism. The patterns were there going back to Tocqueville. It has its good points and bad points. The relative democratic aspect in day to day exchange is refreshing as compared to Europe or much of the rest of the world . Chomsky has also pointed that out.
Ok on all, especially Kevuin Gray’s heat, but I’m circling in red his “people ascribe to be,” which I heard on my early morning commute trying to beat away the fog, but then went to the dictionary. It’s “people aspire to be,” of course.