In defence of the liberal arts:

Yglesias:

In order to do well in courses on 19th Century British Literature or Social Anthropology or Philosophy or American History in a properly running American college, what you need to do is get pretty good at reading and writing documents in the English language. These are very much real skills with wide-ranging practical applications. Clearly relatively few people are professional writers, but a huge amount of what goes on at the higher levels of a typical business is a steady stream of production and consumption of reports and memos.

In a similar spirit, I can’t recommend Martha Nussbaum’s Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities strongly enough. My original review on Facebook is here.

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