it is interesting to note how much of the conversation in contemporary America is not that different from the mid-20th century or so.
On quotable passage that struck me:
Gore Vidal defined an intellectual as “someone who can deal with abstractions.” Does the mediocrity of the job market mean that America no longer needs people who deal with abstractions? Only someone already painfully unable to deal with abstraction would draw such a suicidal conclusion.
Indeed. It is one of the reasons our policy debates are so anemic.
(I will say his suggestion to call “liberal arts” the “liberty arts” struck me as kinda silly).