Proud of your Yale education? Yale alum Anne Applebaum ’86, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, sure is. She was quick to pounce on Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s “I didn’t go to Yale ad,” calling it “anti-elite-education populism.”
In her Monday Slate op-ed, she writes that anti-elitist anger is now aimed at people, who despite a lack of wealth and connections, worked hard and graduated from the Ivy Leagues. Applebaum writes that “the less successful are more likely to feel it’s their own fault—or to feel that others feel it’s their fault—even if they have simply been unlucky.”
But Huffington Post blogger Bradley Bloch critiqued Applebaum’s argument Tuesday, saying that she “rush[ed] to a political analysis she vaults over the understanding she seeks.” Bloch writes that people who didn’t go to Ivy League schools, often the “pathway to social mobility,” have missed the boat of opportunities and connections forever.
Maybe that’s the cause of populist anti-Yale anger.