Matthew B. Crawford


Matthew B. Crawford is a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His books include The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction and the best-selling Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. His newest book, from which this is excerpted, is Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road,   


from Identities—What Are They Good For?, Volume 20, Number 2

We hear it said a lot these days: white privilege, male privilege, cisgender privilege

On Frank Speech

from Meritocracy and its Discontents, Volume 18, Number 2

The role of frank speech in democratic culture is something worth considering, especially in light of the renewed ferment over political correctness.

My Father Was There When I Really Needed Him

A  lesson in what it takes to be a father, and why a kid might want to have one.


According to current usage, privilege means something like good fortune.