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Today’s David Brooks column

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David Brooks column.

A commenter asked me to write about it. Because Steve Sailer already wrote about it.

David Brooks writes:

Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette.

Steve Sailer writes:

Perhaps the disbelief about Brooks’ column is that Italian words are pretty easy for Americans to more or less pronounce, while the formerly dominant French cuisine words were more difficult.

Actually, for me, the disbelief about Brooks’ column is that he has a friend with only a high school degree.

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My problem with high-end Italian sandwiches is that they contain raw ham (prosciutto) which I find quite unappetizing when you have to eat a big mass of it.

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July 11, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Posted in Bobos

Oysters and social class mystery solved?

Raw oysters cut across all social classes. In this way, it’s like NFL football, except the NFL football is a lot more popular than oysters. Not very many people like eating oysters.

I’ve never seen a cooked oyster on a menu in Manhattan, so therefore I assume that cooked oysters are a regional prole dish.

Raw oysters are not in any way trendy, and normally we associate SWPL tastes with trendy stuff. The typical upper-middle or upper class oyster eater is more likely to be from an older generation or a frat type, rather than a hipster or SJW type, and more likely to work in a conservative industry like finance.

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June 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm

Posted in Bobos

Oysters, SWPL or prole?

This important question came up in the comments.

I have to admit that I’m confused. Oysters are rarely consumed, unlike sushi which is ubiquitous.

The most famous “raw bar” is the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. Oysters, being expensive, and found in restaurants in Manhattan, they would seem to be an upper-class thing.

But on the the other hand, there are also raw bars in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, a town which is the epitome of prole.

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A food that you can only buy in Seaside Heights and isn’t available anywhere in Manhattan is the zeppole. Now that’s a delicious prole food! A while back, place called Led Zeppole opened in Manhattan and tried to ironically sell zeppoles to hipsters, but unfortunately it went out of business.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 21, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Posted in Bobos, Proles

Hawaiian sushi

Just had a Hawaiian sushi salad, technically called Poké. Very delicious. Supposedly very trendy right now. You proles in flyover country are missing out on some great stuff.

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However, I do feel that eating raw fish too often is asking for trouble.

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May 6, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Posted in Bobos, New York City

Kevin Drum needs to make his case in more detail

Kevin Drum has a column in Mother Jones where he admits that urban educated liberals seer at less-educated non-urban white people, the kind of white people who love Donald Trump.

He ends his column:

Anyway, I’m curious: do you accept this? Is it as obvious to you as it is to me? Or do you think I’m overstating things? Do I really need to make my case in more detail?

Based on the comments, it’s obvious that his readers don’t get it, so he needs to write more and more columns about this.

As I’ve previously explained, educated liberal whites view blue-collar whites as deserving of their economic plight because they were too stupid or too lazy to take advantage of their white privilege to get ahead. People like that deserve to be sneered at, don’t they? In contrast, it’s racism (which is the most evil thing in the world) to sneer at blacks because they are victims of a racist society and not to blamed for their economic and social predicament.

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December 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

Posted in Bobos

SWPL salt

I was at a farmers market on Saturday and I saw “gourmet” salt being sold for $7 for 1.5 ounce.

I believe you can buy a whole pound of salt at the supermarket for less than a dollar, which means that the SWPL salt is at least 70 times as expensive as regular supermarket salt.

I am almost certain that in a blind taste test, SWPLs would not be able to tell the difference between food cooked with SWPL salt and food cooked with regular poor-people salt.

I also believe that there is a high correlation between people who buy ridiculously overpriced SWPL salt and people who will vote for Hillary Clinton and who HATE Donald Trump. Trump supporters used the economical supermarket salt.

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August 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Posted in Bobos

Murray on Trump in the WSJ

Charles Murray’s Saturday essay in today’s Wall Street Journal is a must-read article for my blog readers (given Murray’s prominence in the HBD world).

Murray points out in the essay that the working class has been screwed, but he really means that the white male white working class has been screwed. The black working class has improved because of affirmative action everywhere, and the female working class has improved because of changing social values and liberal Democrats who have been very supportive of women, sometimes at the expense of men.

Murray mentions that “American corporations exported millions of manufacturing jobs, which were among the best-paying working-class jobs,” but fails to explain that the reason they paid well is because they were unionized. Lower wages for the working class today is partially explained by success of big corporate employers (helped by Republicans) in preventing unionization of the service industries. Bernie Sanders is more right about this than any Republican.

Murray is weak on economics but he is strong when writing about the social class differences between the upper class and the working class.

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February 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Posted in Bobos, Economics, Politics

SWPL guilt about sending their kids to a white school

This “ethicist” column is in today’s NY Times:

My wife and I are an interracial couple living in Oakland, Calif. We are both first-generation college graduates for whom solid public-school educations made all the difference. We are struggling with choosing a public school for our son, who will enter kindergarten this year. State test scores came out recently, and our neighborhood public school, which is filled with some of the city’s poorest kids, scored very low. I have to believe there is something seriously wrong with how the school is educating kids. (Otherwise, the school, which we know fairly well through volunteering, seems perfectly fine.) My wife and I both work full-time and also care for her mother and disabled sibling, so we know that we can’t put in the kind of time that would be required to turn the school around. We also fear that we cannot teach our son enough outside school hours to make up for a significant deficit in his education.

This raises a serious ethical quandary for us: Do we let our neighborhood kids and our own values down by fleeing to a higher-testing public school in a richer part of the city? Or do we let our son down by sending him to the neighborhood school, which we fear will not put him on solid educational footing? My instinct is that our higher duty is to our son. But I am also painfully aware that this kind of my-kid-comes-first mentality is exactly what created poor urban schools to begin with. We will probably feel lousy no matter what we decide to do. But from a purely ethical standpoint, should our child’s education or our neighborhood and its kids come first? Name Withheld

You don’t owe it to all the other children in your neighborhood to give their interests the same weight as their parents do. Your special obligations are to your own child. You suggest that a my-kids-come-first mentality is what creates problem schools. But doesn’t it also make for some of the best schools? (And keep in mind that educational excellence needn’t be a zero-sum game.) There’s no recognizably human world where parents treat their own children the same as everyone else’s. This doesn’t license lack of concern for those other kids, and you’re right to worry that your dysfunctional neighborhood school is failing those it serves. But you can do something about that — through involvement in local and state politics, for example — without sacrificing your son. And what you owe is not heroic commitment, ‘‘turning the school around’’ by your own efforts. You owe only your fair share of the duties of an engaged local citizen. Like everyone else, you should provide your son with a good education if you can; the school may be perfectly fine in every other respect, but that doesn’t make up for the appalling results.

I assume that the man is black and the woman is white, but it could be that the man is white and the woman is Asian. There could be other possibilities here as well. But they behave like SWPLs even if technically one of them is not white.

Commenters on this blog can’t believe that SWPL types actually believe the crap they write about test scores.

“State test scores came out recently, and our neighborhood public school, which is filled with some of the city’s poorest kids, scored very low. I have to believe there is something seriously wrong with how the school is educating kids. (Otherwise, the school, which we know fairly well through volunteering, seems perfectly fine.)”

Don’t they know that the teachers are no different than the teachers at “better” schools? They are all just city employees with the exact same qualifications, except some are luckier to get into schools where the children are white or Asian instead of black or Hispanic.

They may, in fact, not realize that. Humans are very good at deceiving themselves and thinking illogically. If you tried to correct them and teach them to see the world the way it is, they might just get pissed at you and call you a racist.

The ethicist (Kwame Anthony Appiah, who is half Ghanaian and half white from the U.K.) says they don’t have to feel guilty about sending their kid to a “better” (translation: white) school. As long as they are “involved in local and state politics” (translation: they vote for Democrats) and partake of their “fair share of the duties of an engaged local citizen” (translation: occasionally donate some money to liberal charities), then it’s OK to send their children to a school in a white neighborhood.

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One has to give Jimmy Carter credit for actually doing as he preached and sending Amy to the local DC public school. (Although unlike most white kids in that situation, she had Secret Service protection.)

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January 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Posted in Bobos, Education

Tiny houses

I was watching some stupid cable show on Christmas Day about so-called “tiny houses.” I believe that the SWPL types who idolize “tiny homes” are so out of touch with regular America that they are totally unaware that tiny homes have existed for decades and large numbers of people live in them.

This blog post sums it up best:

The fact is, tiny home communities DO exist. We call them mobile home parks.

Mobile homes are tiny. They are portable. They are efficient designs that are very affordable. Why have the tiny house proponents overlooked them?

Because hippies don’t live in them, rednecks do.

Hippies are too good to park their homemade tiny homes in a mobile home park because that’s where the lower classes live. They don’t want to admit that their choice to simplify looks an awful lot like just being poor.

Stop whining about city planners, vacation rentals and McMansions. There are tiny home communities all around you and you don’t even see them because you consider them unwashed masses. We poor folks have been living tiny for a lot longer than you hippies. You might actually LEARN something from us if you didn’t consider us beneath your notice.

I especially like the observation that living in a tiny house “looks an awful lot like just being poor.”

The real dilemma facing adherents of the “tiny house movement” is how can they live in a tiny house and also have only college-educated neighbors? And preferably be within or a short commute from a SWPL power center like Manhattan or San Francisco. And preferably, the tiny house should somehow not look low-class despite being tiny.

I figured out the solution: a zoning law that allows tiny houses only to be owned and lived in by people who have college degrees! Unfortunately, someone would probably find it unconstitutional. (And even then, it may attract the wrong kinds of college graduates.)

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December 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

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Brutal mugging in Crown Heights

Since Crown Heights came up in the comments…

The video above is a mugging that happened October 2014 on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. Franklin Avenue, for those not familiar with Crown Heights, is the main commercial street in the heart of supposedly gentrifying Crown Heights, where there are various shops and restaurants recently opened that cater to hipsters and SWPLs. The muggers were stupid enough to do their act right in front of a surveillance camera (set up by the owner of a bodega) so they were caught on tape and later arrested.

The 21-year-old girl who was mugged is actually Hispanic, but she seems like a white-mestizo Hispanic and not a black-mulatto Hispanic. I am sure that the three blacks who mugged her assumed she was one of those white girls gentrifying the neighborhood. And in fact, she recently moved to Crown Heights from Georgia, so she’s not a local girl from the ghetto. She told the news reporters that she moved here to become a model, and don’t know if there’s any realistic chance of that happening, but the idea of moving to New York City with the dream of a self-actualizing career is a very SWPL thing to do [although as rivelino points out, true SWPLs would dream of working in the arts, the media or philanthropy; aspiring to me a model is prole].

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December 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Posted in Bobos, Crime, New York City

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