My Beautiful Bubble - Econlib

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2024-05-11 13:30:04

Unlike many readers of Coming Apart , you don’t have to convince me that I live in a Bubble.  I’ve known it for decades.  In fact, I think my 3-out-of-20 score on the “How Thick Is Your Bubble?” quiz greatly overstates my integration into American society.  I live in a Bubble Within a Bubble. 

You might even call it my Imaginary Charter City.  I’m not just surrounded by Ph.D.s; I’m surrounded by libertarian economics Ph.D.s.  I’m not just unfamiliar with NASCAR; I forget the very existence of professional sports for months at a time.  I don’t just watch shows for yuppies; I manage my entertainment to make sure that I never hear a commercial.  In my world, Alex Tabarrok is more important than Barack Obama, Robin Hanson is more important than Paul Krugman, and the late Gary Gygax is more important than Jeremy Lin… whoever that might be.

Unlike most American elites, I don’t feel the least bit bad about living in a Bubble.  I share none of their egalitarian or nationalist scruples.  Indeed, I’ve wanted to live in a Bubble for as long as I can remember.  Since childhood, I’ve struggled to psychologically and socially wall myself off from “my” society.  At 40, I can fairly say, “Mission accomplished.”

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