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krn · 2018-06-24 · Original thread
"Excellent Sheep"[1] by William Deresiewicz is a great read on this topic.

Also, his "Solitude and Leadership"[2] talk at West Point in 2009, which probably inspired to write the book.



Top19 · 2017-10-08 · Original thread
Oh what a surprise, the guy in charge of this “idea”, Andrew Anker (tagged in press release), went to a private boarding school in Connecticut that has an endowment of $500 million.

For anyone wondering why I’m pointing this out, it’s not that I’m anti-intellectual but just a vague sense that the more prestigious one’s education the greater threat to society / less competent they seem to be.

It is a generalization, but it comes specifically from this book:

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

EDIT: Anker was a board member of Pando, a site of some integrity and which chose to switch to the subscription model (good choice), so want to mention that at least. Thanks for supporting them Anker, sorry you had to go over 100% to the dark side though.

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