The Legitimacy Crisis of the Ivy League

graphic art of origami ivy plants that are green and brown and old and withered

Meritocracy, in its simultaneous immeasurability and ubiquity, has also come to justify social inequalities that ought to be attributed to structural issues.

The Cynicism of Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas Drawing on an old newspaper

But I don’t think he changed so much as he settled, accepting a cynical worldview and placing no stock in the possibility of a radically different American society.