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No. 218: In Days of Yore...

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In prior ages, there was a virtue expressed by the ruling class known as noblesse oblige. It's the idea that nobility extends beyond mere entitlement and requires people who hold such status to fulfill social responsibilities. In the prior, pre-industrial Feudal Age when the distinction between the nobility and the commons was clean and well-defined, a symbiotic relationship existed between the two classes. The nobles possessed the wealth and power while the commoners had the numbers and the practical know-how.

Out of necessity, the nobility needed to treat those underneath them with dignity so as not to draw their ire and ensure that in times of crisis, they could draw on their resources for food or protection. Now is not the time to dig into the exploitative elements of this relationship except to say that, as much as the idea of an "elite" is detested by many of us, the emergence of an elite class seems unavoidable no matter the political safeguards put in place to gird against it.

The question should not be if we should have an elite class, but what kind of elite class we should develop. It's clear that the current elite simply want the "commoners" to shut up and row. A true noblesse oblige would manifest with leaders addressing concerns instead of smothering them. The simple question "what is a woman" that no Democratic leader can muster the courage to offer a forthright answer to is a good example. One could imagine a leader committed to such ideas offering some reassurance to the bewildered by saying, "I know this is confusing, but..." Not that that would help us accept the gaslighting, but at least it'd display a distinct sense of pathos lacking entirely from the present discourse.

The inaugural Bar Hours was a huge hit last night — drinks flowed and conversation bubbled. We'll be back next week.

Today, we look at Taxes and Tires in Tennessee, suggest some nice Spring drives for the weekend, run our own Oscars awards, and peer at some graphs on housing supply and stats on where people are moving.

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Tires The Tennessee Department of Transportation has had quite a time trying to fix potholes this year. Despite the front facing campaign of empathy expressed by TDOT, 99% of pothole complaints and requests are discarded by the department. Taking that into account, there have been 5,000 tons of asphalt poured into potholes so far this year, costing taxpayers upward of $3M dollars. Quite an expensive problem with minimal improvement. With inflation, Tennesseans are also getting gouged when replacing their tires. The market is reflecting a 5-15% increase in tire prices, adding insult to injury.




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By Jerod Hollyfield

My parents were casual moviegoers, the type that took me to the dollar theater once a month and doubled up at Blockbuster on weekends even if dad would make long jaunts to the kitchen in the middle of every other film. Yet for some reason, the Oscars felt like a holiday. Maybe it was that it coincided with the onset of spring or that watching the broadcast gave my primary-school self access to what I thought was a cosmopolitan adult world. Regardless, the ceremony gripped me with that gutpunch of adrenaline only reserved for Christmas morning.

Then, I grew up. The Oscars began to lose their sheen. I hadn’t become jaded about awards shows. I hadn’t even taken much umbridge with the snubs. I just realized that I loved movies too much to stomach how the last two decades of Academy Awards shows treated the medium with the paint-by-numbers blend of faux self-criticism and elevation of the polemic that is the enemy of true art.

As much of a shell of its former self as the Oscars has become, America needs it more than ever in our current cultural moment — just not like this. Billy Crystal once aptly remarked  “Nothing can take the sting off the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other golden statues,” during one of his legendary hosting stints, but that barb contains truth among its not-so-gentle ribbing. The Oscars used to mean something. It was a triumph over adversity, not a forum to feature clips of middlebrow cinema that wallowed in it. It was a night to remember that the popular could still be artistic, connecting with audiences in ways no previous form ever could. Now, it’s a moment to remember a movie as disingenuous and self-serving as Don’t Look Up (our review here) got a couple of nods because its star-studded cast would rather ridicule people who don’t believe in the serious things it does than use its talents for emotional resonance to highlight commonalities.

The Oscars may have degenerated into self-righteous screeds, but the movies still matter. The aforementioned Leo and J-Law vehicle about an allegorical comet’s impact aside, the Academy picked some formidable films that overlap nicely with our own 2021 top-ten list. Even the late-breaking frontrunner CODA, a remake of a French film about a hearing daughter in a family of deaf professional fishermen who is vying for a place at a prestigious music college, evades easy victimhood and formula to elicit genuine feeling (and a quite compelling case for government bureaucracy’s debilitating effects on the people it claims to protect). The movie more than earned its place at the table even if the press is already reducing it to naked identity politics.

A rundown of the nominees is below. As always, some will still remain in the pantheon of major films for decades to come. Some will be buried by streaming algorithms by year’s end. When the Oscars blew it, we’ve offered our alternative. But in the end and unlike the ceremony, they are all worth a watch.

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