Distinctions That Define and Divide
Summer 2021 / Volume 23 / No. 2

Distinctions That Define and Divide

What are the dynamics and power of the capitals of distinction?

Table of Contents

From the Editor

From the Editor

Jay Tolson

Notes & Comments

A Different Sense of Privilege

Steve Lagerfeld

Opinion Fetishism

Alexander Stern

A New Guild System

Alan Jacobs

Thematic Essays

The Long, Withdrawing Roar

Philip S. Gorski

The Endless Pursuit of Better

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Identity Tethering in an Age of Symbolic Politics

Mark Dunbar

Capital Inequalities

Shamus Khan


The Problem of Perishable Progress

Stuart Whatley and Nicholas Agar

Is There a Place for Utopia?

S.D. Chrostowska

Too Many Doctors in the House

Ronald W. Dworkin

Democracy’s Thorn

Nancy Isenberg

Book Reviews

The Man Who Saved Capitalism from Itself

Charlie Tyson

Principled to a Fault

Becca Rothfeld

Through a Monocle, Selectively

Jackson Arn

What Are the Humanities Good For?

Kyle Edward Williams

America’s Tailspin

Ronald Aronson



Wilfred M. McClay