BITS & BRIEFS: Conspicuous consumption is over // Public Intellectuals vs. Thought Leaders // Killing neoliberalism // Frankfurt School // School vouchers’ effects

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles:

Conspicuous Consumption is over; Cultural Capital replaced it as a signifier of socio-economic status — by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

> Public Intellectuals vs. “Thought Leaders”: the former challenge the oligarchy, the latter flatter them. Eric Alterman reviews Daniel Drezner’s The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats Are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas

> What Will Kill Neoliberalism? A roundtable on its fate — by Joelle Gamble, Paul Mason, Bryce Covert, William Darity Jr. and Peter Barnes

> The Frankfurt School: In mass society human consciousness is enclosed within the ideological fortress — by Stuart Walton 

The impact of School Vouchers on education in Sweden: scores fell, inequality grew, ethnic segregation increased, profits of independent schools inflated – by Henry M. Levin

(by Doug Chayka)

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