“On the Media” and the myth of the myth of “meritocracy”

I was back on WNYC's "On the Media" direct from Lisbon, talking about the college admissions scandal and the weird history of "meritocracy": a word coined to mock the celebration of a oligarchic elite shaped not by high birth, but by access to academic institutions access to which is actually shaped by high birth. Listen … Continue reading “On the Media” and the myth of the myth of “meritocracy”

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 33: Safety Net

A reader recently suggested the term "safety net," which as they pointed out, is a metaphor that characterizes our working lives as a life-threatening high-wire act. It's appropriate, therefore, that the most popular image search result for "safety net" depicts a construction worker saved at the last minute from certain death. In the absolute best … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 33: Safety Net