Charlie and Kevin wonder what has happened to Lawrence Tribe, discuss the misguided ways in which Trump’s supporters rail against “elites,” and ask “whatever happened to local news?”

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Members have made 4 comments.

  1. Member

    Two things:

    — Refuting the crazies may feel like an exercise in futility or like pig-wrassling but it’s a sorely needed service, especially on fora like Twitter. People often know that the crazy is crazy but they don’t know specifically why. A pithy refutation helps people re-ground themselves instead of being emotionally swayed by the preponderance of the crazy being repeated but not rebutted.

    — Do not confuse “elitism” with “meritocracy.” “Elitism” is a term of derision for self-appointed “betters” who presume to make decisions for the rest of us while looking down their noses on us. “Elites” THINK they’re a cut above the general population but in reality they’re merely arrogant and snobbish; they have often maneuvered themselves into positions of power or influence not by merit but by sycophancy aka obsequious rumpswabs.

    It’s very strange that you would cop to being an elitist — it suggests you don’t fully grok the connotation, as if there were actually people in this world who think that a 65 IQ makes as good a brain surgeon as a 187.

    If you’re granting rights to the law professor that the coal miner does not have, that’s ARISTOCRACY, not elitism. Charles has the right of it, and for a Brit that’s pretty impressive.

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    • May 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  2. Member

    Most people also use “elitism” to disdain experts speaking outside their area of expertise, where they are given undue influence due to their stature. As Chesterton pointed out,

    In other words, the expert does not escape his age; he only lays himself open to the meanest and most obvious influences of his age. The specialist does not avoid having prejudices; he only succeeds in specialising in the most passing and illiterate prejudices. 

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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  3. Coolidge

    MD&E is among my favorite of the Ricochet offerings.

    That said, why do the podcasts seem to end so abruptly? Many of them seem to clip the last sentence. What’s up with that?

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    • May 29, 2017 at 9:36 am
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  4. Member

    MarkArmstrong (View Comment):
    That said, why do the podcasts seem to end so abruptly? Many of them seem to clip the last sentence. What’s up with that?

    Usually it’s a joke that has silence as the punchline. I.e., here’s a list of things I’m looking forward to in the Clinton Administration:

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    • May 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm
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