Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Hey Berube, Ber-u-be...Berube

I know you're out there. And that despite appearances you really do care about what obscure bloggers think of you.

I don't want to push this, but maybe in classifying yourself as not part of the elite and not part of upper class culture you should look at the "Columbia College Today" article that you wrote where you described reading some of the Latin Classics in the original,as well as Plato and Aristotle, in high school.

This isn't about something personal, and it isn't even about Cockburn at this point. I don't have some sort of slavish devotion to him, as your categorization of him as one of my 'heroes' would seem to indicate. It's about a simple fact: whether someone who graduated from Columbia College, albeit on scholarship, after attending a school that while all scholarship was in itself elite, and who then went on to get a PhD in literary studies can be considered part of the upper class establishment, or not?

If 'no' then I'd like to see how you justify that statement, as well as the belief that someone employed as a professor for a large university system is less of an establishment figure than an indpendent journalist and columnist, even if said journalist did come from an aristocratic background.

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