• 24 Jan 2014 at 2:49 PM
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The Political Science Majors Shall Inherit The Earth

Or Wall Street, at least: So sayeth Duke poli. sci. alum David Rubenstein, who is apparently bored to tears by all of you Wharton B.S.s and math majors, what with your inability to think critically or quote Rousseau.

Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum, Mr. Rubenstein, the co-chairman of the private equity firm, said American policy makers and educators have put too much of a focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the expense of the study of literature, philosophy and other areas in the humanities….

Humanities teach problem-solving skills that enable students to stand out among their peers and to achieve success in the business world, Mr. Rubenstein said. Career-specific skills can be learned later, he said, noting that many of Wall Street’s top executives studied the humanities.

“You shouldn’t enter college worried about what you will do when you exit,” said Mr. Rubenstein, who majored in political science….

the reasoning skills that come with a well-rounded humanities education actually result in higher-paying jobs over time, Mr. Rubenstein said….

“H=MC. Humanities equals more cash,” Mr. Rubenstein said.

Now, allow him to go drown his sorrows for the future of his country with all of that extra money he earned because reading Marx, Nietzsche and George Eliot.

The burning question instead was how to get an invitation to Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo party. Or whether it was true that Mary J. Blige would sing at the Google bash. Or, above all, what the tech mogul Sean Parker might be plotting to outdo his blowout last year.

Welcome to the bling and bacchanalian revelry that is what the Davos crowd calls ‘‘nightcaps….’’

On Wednesday night, the New York investment firm SkyBridge Capital, in partnership with a group of philanthropic oenophiles calling itself the Wine Forum, held its annual party in Davos. More than 100 people swanned about the Piano Bar in the Hotel Europe, refilling glasses of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem.

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  1. Posted by Guest | January 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    e=mc^2. engineering=more cash squared. Suck it David. If you weren't busy reading Hobbes, you'd know that.

  2. Posted by Quant me maybe... | January 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM


    harvard-yale-princeton anything = engineering squared.

    > sorry to say.

  3. Posted by Guest | January 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Making up your own nonsensical formulas = priceless.

    UBS Priceless Quant

  4. Posted by Quant me maybe... | January 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    that would be nf=p^(1/2)

    > Get with the program, son.

  5. Posted by VonSloneker | January 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    So true…

    – Jean Jacques

  6. Posted by who missed the point | January 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I was an African-American Studies major at UNC and look at me know!

  7. Posted by Fitz Tucker | January 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Handbridge Capital > Skybridge Capital

  8. Posted by Howie Schultz | January 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Many of our baristas and nearly all of our managers were humanities majors.

  9. Posted by guest | January 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    What a fucking twat. Good luck getting past any graduate recruiting screener with a humanities degree.

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