The Public Interest

Meritocracy defended

John W. Barry

Spring 1995

RECENT and welcome addition to the burgeoning anti-“political correctness” canon is In Defense of Elitism,† by Time magazine culture critic William Henry, III, who died this past June. Henry has written an intelligent, persuasive book, in places perhaps unnecessarily vitriolic but, by and large, a thoughtful critique. Moreover, he does not limit himself to PC but challenges us to reevaluate some of the basic ideas that pervade American society.


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