A Host of Squalid Oligarchs

Graduating students take part in commencement exercises at Harvard University in 2017. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
A little defense of gatekeepers, the media, and Harvard, too

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C ast your mind back, if you can, to high school, or possibly to junior high or even elementary school, childhood being one of the times of our lives when we are the most honest and most open about our natural anxieties regarding status. I grew up in the Eighties, a time when high-school students still spoke unironically about something called “being popular,” which was and is for many people an intense concern.

This is only natural. I do not put quite as much stock in evolutionary pop psychology as some do, but it is plausible that our sensitivity to questions of


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