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nil  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Class Carpetbagger; or, Bootygeek gets reamed in ~2500 words

It's a nice take-down but the author himself is an Ivy-League grad bitching on behalf of the working class. His upbringing was working class but you're basically pissed off other ivy league grads had rich parents and are pandering. You know, the same degrees which (allegedly) give people an order of magnitude of a financial advantage over even graduates of state schools. Part of what seems to be happening is an anger at the so-called "game." Nobody taught you how to job-hunt? Just think about how many social rules you had to adapt to to get to that point. Who taught you how to get into fricking Harvard? It's an art.

    With the help of psychoanalysis, I’ve come to conclude that perhaps the only reason I’m alive today is that I didn’t listen to people like Pete. When he speaks about education and opportunity, Pete reminds me of my high school guidance counselor. That guy was a jerk. He didn’t want me to go to college when I did. He thought I needed discipline and suggested service work or the military. I didn’t need discipline, but freedom and respect. And money. Mostly, I needed money.

Yeah, high schools are usually run by people who never mentally left that environment. But who cares? Does anyone even remember this bullshit? Anyone with half a brain by the time they're like fifteen knows it's a waste of time. Just like college, just like your professional development program but that doesn't mean you're allowed to opt-out of these things. In perfect world we'd just all live in ArtLand and you could write a test for any job you needed to do and there'd be no institutional chaos in the human form or whatever weird force run by the 119-year old dude in Bermuda is moving your body in an organized pattern according to the rotation of the Earth.

The problem is always upper-class people? They're brazen enough to take what they want. Also because class distinctions are arbitrary. That's it. Of course I recognize that doing that is infinitely easier with tremendous access to resources and connections but you can't graduate from the Ivy-league and become a full communist and then say buttcrack is insulting "your people." Your people voted for Trump! There are two factors at play. There is actual powerlessness, and then there's a belief in your own powerlessness. That's what happens when this guy says "I could never be president."

Yeah, we all made questionable decisions. Such is life in capitalist America. But live long enough and you'll finally start to understand reality is negotiable. If Big Geek can project his pp into people's internal affairs so can anyone else. It doesn't require a genius level intellect. But as always B's crime is being boring and America needs a hardcore social democracy and actual fucking regulations not Karlos Marx. This guy wants full communism which by the way isn't actually real communism. It's only real when I'm doing it. :)

kleinbl00  ·  226 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The issue raised by the article is not Buttigieg's high school experience, the author's high school experience or your high school experience. The issue raised by the article is that Peter Buttigieg is inauthentic: he presents himself as something he is not.

    In the history of the United States, carpetbagger was a derogatory term applied by former Confederates to any person from the Northern United States who came to the Southern states after the American Civil War; they were perceived as exploiting the local populace.

No one is arguing that Peter Buttigieg has made "questionable decisions." The argument is that Peter Buttigieg is making extremely calculated decisions while pretending to an earnest, shoot-from-the-hip Everyman who happens to be a former McKinsey consultant who rowed varsity crew for Team Elite from the time before he had pubic hair.

nil  ·  226 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    The issue raised by the article is that Peter Buttigieg is inauthentic: he presents himself as something he is not.

No doubt. My main gripe is the author is essentially telling him FU on behalf of the "working class" just because he too graduated from an ivy league university yet had a more rough childhood. A career in journalism isn't exactly the cornfield. Most if it is the author's life with a few examples of Pete being out of touch here and there.