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In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You are Better Than… (edição 2020)

por Joel Stein (Autor)

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The night Donald Trump won the presidency, our author Joel Stein, Thurber Prize finalist and former staff writer for Time Magazine, instantly knew why. The main reason wasn't economic anxiety or racism. It was that he was anti-elitist. Hillary Clinton represented Wall Street, academics, policy papers, Davos, international treaties and the people who think they're better than you. People like Joel Stein. Trump represented something far more appealing, which was beating up people like Joel Stein. In a full-throated defense of academia, the mainstream press, medium-rare steak, and civility, Joel Stein fights against populism. He fears a new tribal elite is coming to replace him, one that will fend off expertise of all kinds and send the country hurtling backward to a time of wars, economic stagnation and the well-done steaks doused with ketchup that Trump eats. To find out how this shift happened and what can be done, Stein spends a week in Roberts County, Texas, which had the highest percentage of Trump voters in the country. He goes to the home of Trump-loving Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams; meets people who create fake news; and finds the new elitist organizations merging both right and left to fight the populists. All the while using the biggest words he knows.… (mais)
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Título:In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You are Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book
Autores:Joel Stein (Autor)
Informação:Grand Central Publishing (2020), 336 pages
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the cover is off-putting, but this was not as pompous as I thought it would be ( )
  hueyy | Jul 13, 2021 |
I am a big Joel Stein fan. I used to go to the back of my weekly Time magazine to read his humorous columns. Was sorry to see him go after 20 years. I did read his first book and when I read his article on George Clooney turning 60, I became aware of this book. Given how the recent election turned out I found his views in this book to be very prophetic. I enjoyed how he engaged populists such as Scott Adams(Dilbert cartoonist) who seemed like an elite nut case and Tucker Carlson who needs no explanation. He looked at things from both sides and did it with his quick wit and excellent humor. I thought that there was a lot of truth in this book. I agree that at the end of the day, it is intelligent people who use data, science, and clear thinking that advance the world. The idea that the elite is a con and that we are all just people really does a disservice to great intellect and its role in advancing the world. I strongly recommend this book. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Apr 2, 2021 |
A light, humorous read that actually has a lot to say. I'm as quick as most "coastal elites" (though I'm sorry to say I didn't go to an 'elite' school) to dismiss people who populate the fly over states, but this brings to the fore how much we're just as guilty of hypocrisy as they are. I fast read that may open your eyes a bit. ( )
  hhornblower | Jan 12, 2020 |
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The night Donald Trump won the presidency, our author Joel Stein, Thurber Prize finalist and former staff writer for Time Magazine, instantly knew why. The main reason wasn't economic anxiety or racism. It was that he was anti-elitist. Hillary Clinton represented Wall Street, academics, policy papers, Davos, international treaties and the people who think they're better than you. People like Joel Stein. Trump represented something far more appealing, which was beating up people like Joel Stein. In a full-throated defense of academia, the mainstream press, medium-rare steak, and civility, Joel Stein fights against populism. He fears a new tribal elite is coming to replace him, one that will fend off expertise of all kinds and send the country hurtling backward to a time of wars, economic stagnation and the well-done steaks doused with ketchup that Trump eats. To find out how this shift happened and what can be done, Stein spends a week in Roberts County, Texas, which had the highest percentage of Trump voters in the country. He goes to the home of Trump-loving Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams; meets people who create fake news; and finds the new elitist organizations merging both right and left to fight the populists. All the while using the biggest words he knows.

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