Patrician Privilege - Suckers And Scammers
Patrician privilege talking on unpredictable countries: if you have a hundred good meetings with a guy and build trust etc, then JUST ONCE violently fuck him in the arse then wonder why he doesn't trust you though you make sure to be polite respectful and generous next 100 encounters, you're an idiot!
Describing the adhoc beliefs of the daft people going off to join isis, if you're dismissing Chomsky alongside conspiracy theories you're wilfully dodging the common BROKEN FAITH social contract that needs to come before running off to chase Allah in Iraq and Syria. The better question is whether the neoliberal project of creating a credential smart class monopoly, without fucking the world up, causing the plebs to revolt or the rich bigots to sabotage, has inevitable rebels running to religion because they're not on the inside and know it; perceive the bullshit fed to the masses and can't not be in the masses too.
Are these guys like Stewart legit or talking shit when they say they're bewildered how few can impact many? I mean that's how every fucking country's rulers rule. See Hume re few governed by many
Emphasizing the noble not the atrocities. Like media whitewashing drone murder while lauding the constitutions sanctity? Cunt double standards
Middle East: Kurdistan in Iraq drawing borders around oil field.
Why cite ISIS recruiting as a problem alongside complaining about islamification at home, surely less Allah devotees is a win win ??
Prison Industrial Complex
Biden. Trump. Rogan debate? Bias? Impartial?
We're lucky. We freely opine in public spaces.
Americans: 5% of world's population, 25% of global prisoners.
Black Americans: 7% behind bars, 8% can't vote.
There's more black Americans incarcerated today than slaves emancipated in 1862.
Professional Expert: neo-aristocracy led by elite citizens
Herbert Croly, the author of the seminal work The Promise of American Life and later a founder of the New Republic, openly advocated for a sort of neo-aristocratic order led by “exceptional” citizens, and left-wing critics ranging from Thorstein Veblen to R. H. Tawney imagined capitalism tamed by professional expertise.
Professional to Predator - 1971 to today
Today we live in a world of predatory bankers, predatory educators, even predatory health care providers, all of them out for themselves. The corruption of the professions is a grand story in its own right.
Professional Migration Republican to Democrat, Liberal to New Labour
According to the sociologists Jeff Manza and Clem Brooks, professionals went from being the most Republican social formation in the country in the 1950s to being the most Democratic by the mid-Nineties.
Professionals: Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class
Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class: "The areas in which the left has made the most significant progress —gay rights, inclusion of women in higher education, the end of de jure racial discrimination—are the battles it has fought or is fighting in favor of making the meritocracy more meritocratic. The areas in which it has suffered its worst defeats—collective action to provide universal public goods, mitigating rising income inequality—are those that fall outside the meritocracy’s purview."
Professional Merit Perceives Inequality As Natural
Inequality does not contradict, defy, or even inconvenience the logic of professionalism. On the contrary, inequality is essential to it.
Professionals, after all, are life’s officer corps. They give the orders; they write the prescriptions. Status is essential to professionalism; according to sociologist Larson, achieving a more exalted level in life’s hierarchy is "the most central dimension of the professionalization project."
What she means is that inequality is what it’s all about.
Professional: Education as Panacea
To the liberal class, every big economic problem is really an education problem, a failure by the losers to learn the right skills and get the credentials everyone knows you’ll need in the society of the future. Take inequality. The real problem, many liberals believe, is that not enough poor people get a chance to go to college and join the professional-managerial elite.
"If there is an income divide in America it is over education," wrote Democratic media strategist Bill Knapp in the Washington Post in 2012, "and this makes sense: People who are better educated should make more money."
"What I fundamentally believe—and what the president believes," Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, told a reporter in 2012, "is that the only way to end poverty is through education."
"The best way by far to improve economic opportunity and to reduce inequality is to increase the educational attainment and skills of American workers," declared Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to the graduating class at Harvard in 2008, a group much perturbed by inequality.
Thomas Friedman, Obama’s other favourite newspaper columnist, comes back to the subject again and again. "The biggest issue in the world today is growth, and, in this information age, improving educational outcomes for more young people is now the most important lever for increasing economic growth and narrowing income inequality," he wrote in 2012. "In other words, education is now the key to sustainable power."
Profession: Obedient Thinkers Trained To Orthodoxy
In Disciplined Minds, an important description of the work-life of professionals, the physicist Jeff Schmidt tells us that “ideological discipline is the master key to the professions.” Despite the favorite Sixties slogan, professionals do not question authority; their job is to apply it. This is the very nature of their work and the object of their training, according to Schmidt; by his definition, professionals are “obedient thinkers” who “implement their employers’ attitudes” and carefully internalize the reigning doctrine of their discipline, whatever it happens to be.
Professional Finance: Experts Unquestioned
For old-school regulators, I am told, undue financial complexity was an indicator of likely fraud. But for the liberal class, it is the opposite: an indicator of sophistication. Complexity is admirable in its own right. The difference in interpretation carries enormous consequences: Did Wall Street commit epic fraud, or are they highly advanced professionals who fell victim to epic misfortune?
Professional: Consensus As Faith
One final consequence of the ideology of professionalism is the liberal class’s obsessive pining for consensus.
This obsession, so peculiar and yet so typical of our times, arises from professionals’ well-known disgust with partisanship and their faith in what they take to be apolitical solutions.34 If only they could bring Washington’s best people together, they believe, they could enact their common-knowledge program. THE ANSWER WOULD BE KNOWN, SHARED AND UNIMPEACHABLE.