To quote Mr. Scrooge: “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly.”
“Today, nearly four times as many Americans have degrees, despite students being expected to shell out upwards of $120,000 for a Mickey Mouse diploma that is totally useless in the real world. If you went to art school in the 1950s, you graduated knowing how to do photorealism with oils. If you got your art-school diploma last year, you graduated knowing how to put a tampon in a teacup. When education allows dissertations on Lord of the Rings, we end up with a culture where The New York Times sees nothing wrong with telling us to think of sanctuary cities as “where Keanu Reeves was trying to get to in ‘The Matrix’.” The author then asks, “How did we get here?”
Read it all here.
In the days of early television, Mike Wallace interviewed a number of culturally and politically important characters. The video and transcript of his fifty-three year-old discussion with Margaret Sanger, the founder of the Birth Control Movement, can be found here. While Wallace pressed her regarding apparent contradictions in her statements, and asked about her views of the Catholic church, which she ducked, he neglected to question her regarding charges of racism and her position on eugenics (that is, her position before the National Socialists gave it a bad name).
One fascinating aspect of this interview is the promotion Wallace gives to Phillip Morris cigarettes early on—it’s quirky by today’s standards. Near the end, Ms. Sanger states: “And Mr. Wallace, I’ve never smoked, but I’m going to begin and take up smoking and use Philip Morris as my…as the cigarette for me to take.” I wonder if she did?