This semester I am experimenting with distributing grading memorandums to my undergraduate class. Time will tell if these are helpful or not, but in the hour since I sent the memo to the course, I had two students come to my office to speak about what qualifies as good evidence. So there is some immediate feedback that I will draw upon to open up discussion in lecture this week.
Georg Lukács seated in the darkness of his library (1913)
After interviewing and observing more than 350 people working in or close to the top during that time [20 years], my sense of this evolving long-term crisis has become clearer. I have come to believe that the establishment is no longer coherent or collective or competent. Its failings are not only causing larger schisms, inequalities and precariousness in Britain; they also threaten the very foundations of establishment rule itself.
Worth a read, go check it out.
In some respects this Davis’ observation parallel those made by Corey Robin in his assessment of the American Ruling Class. Robin points to their amateurish and preoccupation with whether they are widely perceived to be important, in part because they aren’t doing anything of actual consequence.
This perhaps raises the question of whether these ruling classes want to do anything of actual consequence.
More thoughts to come.