They must work with grinding intensity, at tasks chosen not according to their own tastes and values but rather to suit the market.
In this way, my critique of meritocracy — or human capitalism — reprises the classical Marxist analysis of the ills of conventional capitalism, just shifted up the class system. The middle class becomes the new Lumpenproletariat, prevented by the meritocratic idea of individual failure from coming to a class-consciousness of the grounds of its exclusion. And alienated labor comes home to roost in the elite — now reconstructed as a superordinate working class. But how do you address arguments that what you call the middle class, whatever the history of meritocracy, is not the nineteenth-century industrial proletariat Marx knew but nonetheless still works in conditions of precarity and exploitation, not merely hierarchy and subordination in a new meritocratic order?
And no morally serious person can deny that middle-class life in America today involves genuine hardship and not just come caricatured combination of entitlement and envy. Workers are increasingly deprived of discretion and security in their jobs and subjected to degradingly comprehensive and intrusive monitoring and control, so that work has become hours of tedium punctuated by moments of panic. At the same time, the middle-class wage is increasingly inadequate to paying for basic human needs, including especially health care and good schooling for children.
Finally, absolute economic mobility has declined dramatically. The share of middle-class children who will earn more than their parents has fallen by more than half in the past fifty years, and the decline is greater for the middle class than for either the poor or the rich.
This makes the future a source of fear, not hope. But the extent and, most important, the rightness of middle-class anger over current conditions is hard to explain without reference to the explosion of elite income and the hierarchy and subordination that meritocratic inequality produces. If the elite did not exist, and if meritocracy did not marginalize the middle class and frame exclusion and subordination as a personal failure, then the politics of stagnation would be entirely different — and properly so.
Conditions that would be difficult and frustrating in any event become intolerably wrong when produced by exclusion and oppression. And that is what meritocratic inequality rather than just middle-class precarity involves. The book occasionally struck me as less Marxist than Rousseauean, since its story is focused much more on — and as an author you situate yourself as a member and teacher of — elites and their travails. The reader might even be forgiven for detecting a certain nostalgia for aristocratic cultures of indolence before meritocratic hell engulfed the contemporary elite.
Unlike Marx, then, but very much like Rousseau, the victims of meritocracy in your account prominently include the winners in the system, such that they have a common interest with the losers in overthrowing it.
You are aware that elites are unlikely objects of sympathy. Why focus on their plight?
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Meritocratic inequality harms both those whom meritocracy excludes and also unexpectedly the very elite that meritocracy appears to privilege. On the one hand, meritocracy subjects those whom it excludes from the elite to a moral insult alongside economic injury. No underclass has ever been left as morally naked as that. On the other hand, meritocracy ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring rich children to run a gauntlet of competitive and grindingly intense schooling and rich adults to work with crushing industry, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return.
Meritocrats may be wealthy, but they are not well. Of course, elites do not deserve and should not expect sympathy, as the book makes plain. Nothing that is happening to the elite compares to this, or even comes close. It is also extremely important. Most important, the burdens that meritocracy imposes on the elite entail that unwinding meritocratic inequality is not — as liberals have traditionally thought — a zero- or even negative-sum game, but rather a project that would benefit everyone.
Realizing this is essential for any hope of finding a way out of present predicament. It sounds like you are saying we must rely at least in part on meritocratic elites to realize the hellishness of their situation and relinquish their own ascendancy. Could you conclude by saying a bit more about how, concretely, you might envision a cooperative and cross-class movement to overthrow meritocracy? To succeed, such a movement must develop a politics and policies that reinforce each other — so that they jointly drive home the mutual benefit that unwinding meritocratic inequality would bring.
The trick is for every particular intervention to reprise, in microcosm, the model of mutual benefit from escaping the logics of human capitalism that stands behind the movement as a whole. One example is using the tax system to encourage elite private schools and universities to diversify the economic backgrounds of their student bodies, by doubling enrollments and taking virtually all of the additional students from outside of the economic elite.
This would obviously benefit middle-class Americans, by reopening pathways of social and economic mobility that meritocratic inequality has closed off.
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But it would also equally surely, if less obviously benefit the elite, as expanded enrollments will inevitably also allow more rich children to be admitted. Even a modest increase in slots for the rich will provide relief from the severity of the academic competition that now dominates elite childhood. Once again, this obviously benefits the middle-class workers who would do the new jobs.
And once again although again less obviously it also benefits elites. To be sure, superordinate workers will earn a little less. But they will also work less hard and — more importantly — gain release from the tyrannical wage hierarchy that now dominates their working lives.
Today only a few jobs, in a narrow range of fields finance, management, law, and medicine pay the wages needed to buy houses in elite neighborhoods and pay tuition at elite schools. It would provide relief from the alienated labor that now dominates elite adulthood. In each case, a practicable policy gives concrete expression to ideals that can inspire a broad political coalition to seek economic democracy.
John D. Producer Sean S. New Line placed Cunningham's idea for a Freddy-versus-Jason film on hold, prompting him to generate a different script to precede that plot line. Cunningham's original idea would later manifest as Freddy vs. Jason in Dean Lorey was then brought in to write a new draft for the film, scrapping the idea of involving Elias Voorhees. The film marked Adam Marcus' debut feature; having just graduated from film school, Marcus was originally attached to direct My Boyfriend's Back for Touchstone Pictures , but the studio's parent company, Walt Disney Studios , did not want to hire a first-time director, and Marcus was dropped from the project.
Marcus, who was a lifelong fan of the Friday the 13th series, developed a story in which Voorhees is destroyed at the beginning of the narrative, only to manifest in the bodies of other people and continue his rampage. Marcus would later acknowledge the concept's similarity to that of The Hidden , though he stated he had not seen the film at that time, and that the similarity was coincidental.
Leslie Bohem was brought in over a weekend to polish the script, while Lewis Abernathy wrote the opening scene. The special effects were provided by Al Magliochetti and effects studio KNB, the former having signed on to the film after friends of his from KNB notified him of its development.
The colors of the visual effects were chosen by Adam Marcus. In November , Adam Marcus revealed that an overlooked plot-point of the movie is that Jason Voorhees is actually connected to the Evil Dead franchise. That, to me, is way more interesting as a mashup, and Raimi loved it! So yes, in my opinion, Jason Voorhees is a Deadite. Jason capsized their small boat and pulled the girl down into the lake. Creighton tried to save her but could not.
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She was never seen again. Creighton vowed revenge and from that moment on he spent his life in the study and pursuit of Jason.
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He became a bounty hunter just to fund his work in taking down his nemesis. Also on the podcast Cinema Toast Crunchcast, Marcus revealed that he was working on a pseudo Creighton Duke spin off film unable to use the actual name due to not owning the rights , where the same actor would return and be a monster slayer. It placed at number 86 on the list of the year's Top earners. The Los Angeles Times ' s Michael Wilmington praised the performance of Gant as well as Harry Manfredini's score, but noted "ludicrous characters," "garbled nonstop gore," and poor lighting as notable faults.
Stephen Holden of The New York Times noted: "The ninth episode in the phenomenally successful series, which began in , The Final Friday is a largely incoherent movie that generates little suspense and relies for the majority of its thrills on close-up gore Such gratuitous sadism gives The Final Friday an edge of sourness that is unusual for a horror movie.
It doesn't help that Jason's intended victims and the actors who play them are pallid sitting ducks. The movie has a crowdpleasing final shot that suggests that the real joy ride to hell will be next time around.
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Writing for Variety , Greg Evans criticized the screenplay as well as Marcus's direction: "With one or two exceptions, freshman director Adam Marcus forgoes the camp humor and inside jokes that marked the tail end of the slasher craze, opting instead for a straightforward Saturday night drive-in approach Robert Cauthorn of the Arizona Daily Star wrote: "Yeah, there's a lot of shower taking and slaughter here. And a plot about evil bloodlines, tabloid TV, soul shifting, and God knows what else.
It doesn't make a lick of sense, but it's a definite improvement over the other non-movies in the series. But you know that going in. The question is: Is it scary? Not really. It's more disgusting than frightening. The film's musical score was composed by Harry Manfredini , who had previously composed music for the first seven films in the series. The film was released on DVD in North America by New Line Home Video in , and includes two cuts: the theatrical cut, created to receive an R rating from the MPAA, and the unrated or director's cut, which runs three minutes longer than the theatrical version and contains material beyond what is allowed under the R rating.
On September 13, , Paramount and Warner Bros. This collection is currently out of print, but the film has been released separately in the higher definition format with its successor, Jason X. As the comics are based upon the original shooting script of the film, elements that were left out of the film are used in them. Topps also released a series of trading cards for the film. The epilogue of the book states that the FBI, upon discovering Jason Voorhees actually exists, have begun making plans to trap him and "send him straight to Hell.
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Jason between the two, which had been in development hell since It was finally finished in , a year after this film's sequel. Jason, Freddy, and Ash Williams would later meet in the comic book series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash a story adapted by writer Jeff Katz from a Freddy vs. Jason 2 screenplay treatment he had written in  and again in Freddy vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors. Because of a continuity error in the film regarding Jason's damaged eye, his in-game character model is mirrored from his movie counterpart.