Tony Judt on universities

"Universities are elitist: they are about selecting the most able cohort of a generation and educating them to their ability -- breaking open the elite and making it consistently anew.   Equality of opportunity and equality of outcome are not the same thing.  A society divided by wealth and inheritance cannot redress this injustice by camouflaging …

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Three cheers for the dogs

I’ve always been a cat person.  I like dogs well enough, but I’m allergic to them, and cats are a lot less work.  And they don’t slobber.  Nonetheless, I’ve been paying more attention to dogs (and canids in general) lately.  My title comes from Ed Larson’s new book on early Antarctic exploration, which quotes Lord …

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