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Us WASPs Have to Stick Together — We Sure Aren’t Running Things Anymore October 5, 2006

Posted by David Card in Media.

There’s no good reason for me to link to this Michael Kinsley piece in Slate that pokes wicked fun at Bill O’Reilly, other than it made me laff out loud. I sure don’t speak Thai, and indeed, my Latin gets sketchy after a few martoonis. I had a journalism prof — and ex-Boston Globe city editor — who would similarly tweak a Globe working-class wannabe. Nothing worse than a bogus populist. “Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, pass the brie, will you, and would you like some more Chablis?”

    Reverse snobbery, unlike the traditional kind, is a tribute to democracy—it’s egalitarianism overshooting the mark. And it is a countervailing social force against growing economic disparity. But when you’re faking it, if you’re not careful, reverse snobbery can look a lot like the traditional kind.
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