On today’s podcast, we ask this question and then go on to discuss the devolution of identity politics in two guises: The Elizabeth Warren fiasco and the eye-opening revelations of naked anti-Asian discrimination not only at Harvard but at the high schools that feed into Harvard. Give a listen.

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  1. Bill R Member

    I liked the crew talking about the treatment of Asian Americans at elite institutions. The more they talked, the more outraged they became. And rightly so.

    There’s a standard scene in video games. The hero is in a dark tunnel. He comes to a place where the passage is blocked by spider webs. Cutting through the webs, he finds a horrible cave full of of giant spiders and dead men’s bones.

    That’s what it’s like at Harvard. Cut through the blather and you’ll find something pretty ugly.


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    • October 19, 2018, at 7:31 AM PDT
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  2. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Trump didn’t ruin the Fauxcahontas joke. It was never very funny, except to the mythical Georgetown cocktail party crowd. It sounds pretentious. Ordinary folks understand the point just fine when Trump uses Pocahontas.

    Look, I like a pretentious joke sometimes. Like when Heisenberg and Schrodinger were pulled over for speeding . . .. But if you have to explain quantum mechanics in order for your audience to understand the punchlines, you’re going to lose most people, and look like you’re trying to be too clever.

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    • October 20, 2018, at 9:35 AM PDT
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  3. Daniel Sterman Inactive

    How much explanation does one really need for “Fauxcahontas”?

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    • October 20, 2018, at 10:05 AM PDT
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  4. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane Oyen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This was a genuinely good podcast- and recorded at a good volume. Talk about something other than Trump, Mueller, etc. finally used the intellectual gifts of the participants, though to be fair the one on Kavanaugh (“No Mr. Nice Podcast”) was also pretty good.

    See, you see what you can do when the topic gets away from being stuck? Trump is a jerk, etc., but we knew that already. Now that you get it, go remind Mona that there are other subjects in the world, and that Ben Wittes is not a credible guest. Jonah too, 50% of the time.

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    • October 20, 2018, at 8:24 PM PDT
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