Thursday, October 13, 2016

Is meritocracy sustainable? This, and a true story about a gay murder mystery go onto my reading list; also, more on demographic winter


Here are a couple more for my reading list:

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy” (2013), by NYC professor Chris Hayes (Broadway Books) views individualized moral values based on meritocracy, as valued by the libertarian right, as unsustainable.  Vox has a post-dated review today by Henry Farrell, link here.    Sounds like Twilight of the Gods?  One trouble with meritocracy is that parents tend to pass it on by class (also an argument of Posner in “Our Kids”).  But is the moral sustainability of a free society the “sum” of the moral compasses of all its free individuals, or of their karmas – and of their willingness to walk in one another’s shoes, sometimes?



The Vox review notes the irony of Trump's appeal to those left behind -- the racism and tribalism, the "take care of your own" -ism that riles David Brooks, despite the idea that Trump himself benefits loudly from inherited wealth and privilege.



The second book is a non-fiction mystery that sounds worthy of Dateline, “Cobra Killer: Gay Porn Murder, and the Manhunt to Bring the Killers to Justice”, by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway, which appears to be self-published on the hard copy (paper) which arrived today. ReelAffirmations is showing a film “Cobra Killer” which a schedule problem will keep me from seeing, but I hope there will be a DVD or Netflix or Amazon video soon. (I also hope to find a video for “Retake” as I had a conflict tonight.)  The story concerns the murder of Bryan Charles Kocsis aka Bryan Phillips aka Brent Corrigan, as explained on imdb here. I’ll try to get to this book soon (which can work about as well to convey the newsworthiness of the story as a film).



Update: Oct. 20

I picked up Jonathan Last's "What to Expect when No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster". 2013, from Encounter Books, paper.  The book will get into why immigration is not a good substitute for having your own children (in the U.S.).  Will this be the "more White babies" argument?  About demographic winter, as Carlson and Mero call it? The last chapter is titled "How to Make Babies" and an earlier chapter is "SEX! (and Maybe Marriage"). 

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