Outside the Whale

by John Derbyshire

Apparently I don’t even have a bubble. Anyone know where I can get one?

How Thick Is Your Bubble?

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On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 13 and 16.

In other words, you don’t even have a bubble.
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Isn’t the “coming apart” phenomenon just an inevitable consequence of meritocracy, though? If you vaccum up all the smart and motivated people from poor communities, you’re left with the clueless and feckless. Slums just ain’t what they used to be.

The unpleasant thing about being poor used to be not having stuff. Nowadays the really unpleasant thing about being poor is having to live among other poor people.

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