The Joe Epstein Affair
So, my man Joseph Epstein made a flash this week with his suggestion that Jill Biden drop the “Dr.” from her title while she serves as First Lady.
The uproar was pretty intense. I saw him referred to as a “misogynist,” “bigot,” and “that Jew bastard” (okay, I only saw two of those three, but the third one was, I believe, there in spirit). He was, based on the backlash, trying to deny Mrs. Biden her identity as a woman, wanted to push women back into the kitchen, and endeavoring to bring back the iron chastity belt (well, again, one of those three things was there in spirit).
I finally got to read the article.
I was dumbfounded.
Well, not really. The idiocy I see from the Left these days stopped dumbfounding me a few years ago, as the Social Dilemma has ripped otherwise-sane liberals to exotic ideological lands where they can’t be reached by wit, wisdom, or discursive reasoning.
But still, this attack completely missed what Epstein was saying. Moreover, if you’ve been reading Epstein for the past 40 years like I have, you’d realize he was merely writing about the sort of things he frequently writes about, like the humorous juxtaposition of traditional things that no longer make sense in light of how societal things have morphed.
Tradition versus current actuality. That’s an Epstein-like theme.
Epstein favors the traditional. He is, by temperament, conservative and, therefore, favors tradition. He, therefore, would honor the title “Ph.D.” if it carried the same gravitas it used to.
But it doesn’t.
And that’s the thing Epstein is poking fun at:
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The Ph.D. may once have held prestige, but that has been diminished by the erosion of seriousness and the relaxation of standards in university education generally,