New Humanists
New Humanists
Feb 1, 2022
T.S. Eliot’s Praise for Privilege | Episode XVI
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It is tempting to dismiss T.S. Eliot’s musings on class, society, and education as the complaints of a cranky reactionary. But the great Anglo-American poet is worth reckoning with - if for no other reason than how profoundly he challenges the democratic norms that in the 21st century we simply assume as first principles. Jonathan and Ryan take a look at Eliot’s chapter on education from his book Notes Towards the Definition of Culture, and they try to square Eliot with the egalitarian promises of the American Dream.

T.S. Eliot’s Notes Towards the Definition of Culture:

Alan Jacobs’ The Year of Our Lord 1943:

New Humanists episode on Jacobs’ book (Part I):

New Humanists episode on Jacobs’ book (Part II):

Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition:

Scott Newman’s The Liar’s Club: Looking Back on Princeton:

Peter Hitchens’ A Church That Was:

Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard:

Anthony Esolen’s The Boy Genius:

Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House (contains the Harrison Bergeron story):

T.S. Eliot’s Usk:

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Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers -

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