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Meritocracy

A Nightingale Sang In Barbarella’s: Stewart Lee, Michael Cumming Interviewed

Have you ever heard of The Nightingales? No? Well, that situation needs swiftly rectifying, reckons Stewart Lee, the splendid stand-up, sometime Sunday-paper album reviewer and recent number- one-hitmaker (with Asian Dub Foundation). Now he’s also a rock-documentarian, alongside old colleague Michael Cumming, best known for directing bravura comedies like Brass…
bubmag
February 19, 2021
Meritocracy

The Entire Republican Party Is on Trial

The choice ahead for the 50 Senate Republicans is stark. In the words of that old labor song, “Which side are you on?” In their masterful and, at times, heartbreaking presentation, the House impeachment managers asked Senate Republicans a simple question: Will you side with Mike Pence, the Capitol Police,…
bubmag
February 11, 2021
Meritocracy

How the GOP Fell in Love With Cancel Culture

In the aftermath of the pro-Trump riots that left five dead at the United States Capitol, Republicans have focused on the real problem: cancel culture. Citing the president’s removal from just about every social media app in existence and the scores of companies announcing they would no longer do business…
bubmag
January 15, 2021
Meritocracy

The Stubborn Classism of Classical Music

Few art forms on earth are more indebted to class privilege than Western classical music. For most of its history, it has relied on monarchs, aristocrats, and wealthy patrons even to exist. We have Haydn because of a prince, Mozart and Beethoven because of a baron, Stravinsky and Copland because…
bubmag
December 10, 2020
Meritocracy

CE silent on HKU job row, says she won’t interfere

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has refused to be drawn into a row sparked by reports that a Communist Party member will be appointed a vice president of Hong Kong University, saying she won't interfere in the institution's affairs. Ahead of the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Lam – who is…
bubmag
October 27, 2020
Meritocracy

How Meritocracy Failed Our Kids

Fredrik deBoer's criticisms of America's counterproductive education system will be familiar to many on the right. The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Educational System Perpetuates Social Injustice, by Fredrik deBoer, (All Points Books: August 2020), 288 pages, $20.99.Self-described revolutionary socialist Fredrik deBoer will certainly anger many in the progressive educational establishment…
bubmag
September 24, 2020
Meritocracy

Why the ideal of meritocracy only deepens inequality

Harvard professor Michael Sandel argues the Western world has 'outsourced our moral judgment to markets' and wrongly assumed that 'the money people make is the measure of their contribution to the common good' If the Western world has a unifying social concept any longer, it’s the ideal of meritocracy, of…
bubmag
September 16, 2020
Meritocracy

The End of the University

Since coming down south to be closer to family, I’ve taken many walks around the University of North Carolina’s Greensboro campus, where my father works as a professor of chemistry. I arrived not long before spring classes were moved online and the vast majority of students decamped for home. The…
bubmag
September 8, 2020