- The Atlantic on “The Rise of the New Global Elite”. Many of their features we’ve seen in prior elites, but this one’s internationalist flavor (owing allegiance to no particular country) makes them unique, and troubling.
- Amy Chua on “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”. Praying this is satire, but it gives off no obvious signs. Further comment at PM’s Question Time.
- City Journal on state budgets. Gimmics, evasions, and ploys, and ways to stop them. Multi-year budgeting, borrowing restrictions, and higher reserve requirements during fat years seem like good ideas.
- Patrick Deneen in The American Conservative on the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s farewell speech. The one on the “military-industrial complex.”
- Andrew J. Bacevich on the same thing in The Atlantic.
- David Brooks on the human mind, the quest for meaning, and the new elite in “Social Animal” from The New Yorker. Brooks fired up his old Ideas Generator for this one as he continues to search for the New Bobo (Composure Class?… pass), but push through the Capital Letters and this one’s pretty good.
- The Speaker has just started his job, yet Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi has already gone double-barreled on John Boehner, as is his style. Can I still say “double-barreled” without being accused of uncivilizing the discourse?