Monthly Archives: July 2017

Where Every Ruthless Cutthroat is Above Average

Scott Alexander at SlateStarCodex recently put up a post asking what was so bad about meritocracy: The intuition behind meritocracy is this: if your life depends on a difficult surgery, would you prefer the hospital hire a surgeon who aced … Continue reading

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HBO’s Confederate and the False Promise of Prestige TV

In my last post I wondered why people were so leery of HBO’s upcoming show about the Confederacy–and specifically why they expected it to be bad and vulgar in particular ways. Here’s my theory. People love to talk about how … Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal with HBO’s Confederate?

I’m not sure I understand all the furor and fear over Confederate. This is the upcoming show from HBO that imagines what would have happened if the Confederacy had won the Civil War. With respect to content, we don’t have … Continue reading

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Looking Back at the Yale Mess

Two years ago I wrote about the widely reported Yale dustup over Halloween costumes. The incident has become something of a cultural touchstone, and while I’m pretty sure no one reads this blog, you never know who’s going to go … Continue reading

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