The only improvement on Ulysses I can think of is to make Poldy Bloom a Black man rather than a Jew; and yet Jews have had to live in ghettos in history as well as Blacks and Hispanics. I’m thinking aloud about the crucial problems facing the United States today. There’s a great deal of resentment by the uneducated for the educated, which could be solved by making university tuition free for everyone who wants to go. I don’t know how to implement this plan, but Scotland has already done it. We could take a clue from their example, if we were willing to convert to a benign socialist system and give up our broken capitalist American Dream. Some dreams need to be awakened from, and last Wednesday was our wake up call. Instead of the American Dream, we need to dream globally for the sake of our future. The time has come to take idealism seriously rather than cling to economic survival and the delusion of a prosperity that doesn’t exist. People need to become more philosophical and curious about more than their percentage. If we can overcome greed, we can learn to get along with each other through free education in a free and equal society.
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To a large extent, higher education has played a part in feeding the resentment of the educated by the uneducated by sending the message that without a college degree, you have less worth/social capital than those of us who do. You might be interested in the following article: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/conversations-diversity/higher-education-and-michael-sandel%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98-tyranny-merit%E2%80%99.
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Well said, but as someone I read pointed out yesterday, our military industrial complex would collapse due to a lack of economically desperate enlistees. I have no problem with that system collapsing, but it’s sadly unlikely.
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