Tuesday, December 9, 2008

You Pick the Post, Part II

Here are a few more topics I've been considering posting about:

- Chipotle (got a free dinner there last night, incidentally) and its competitors; the niche it and similar upscale fast food chains fill in high cost cities like New York.

- The trouble with Harvard-educated elites: Atlantic editor and Harvard alumnus Ross Douthat thinks its their arrogance; I suspect it's something else.

- That Reg. T post.

- Dealing with Deflation, Part II: The pros and cons of the government borrowing money to buy assets such as corporate bonds, stocks, etc.

- The Fox TV show The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


JK said...

Well I hope to send my kids to Harvard one day. Given the lifetime benefits of being an elite Ivy League graduate, any negative perception from the public is more than welcome with the territory to those attending, I'm sure. It could be argued that Yale produces more of the "elite elites", however. With the large diversity of Harvard alumni (conservatives, liberals, marxists, libertarians) I'm not sure its easy to make a case for a cultural problem at the school, other than that of over-rated core classes taught by teaching fellows to 1000 students at a time. lol. Learning-wise, you'd get more bang for your buck at MIT, Wharton, Columbia, etc. unless you make under 120k a year, in which case the education is heavily subsidized by the endowment fund (we'll see how long that lasts).

But my vote goes for Reg T. (I can sense your lack of enthusiasm for that one!)

DaveinHackensack said...

Heh, I guess it's unanimous then: Reg T. it is.

Harvard's probably the best school you could hope for your kids to attend, unless, perhaps, they are aspiring engineers in which case they might be better off at a school like MIT. Ross's post was less about the problems of Harvard as a school per se and more about the failings of America's meritocratic elite (including Harvard alumni, of course) in the current financial meltdown.

DaveinHackensack said...

For those who gave this post a "bad" check mark, I assume you did so because none of the proposed topics interested you. Feel free to suggest another one.