In 2014, The New Republic, an ancient liberal institution if there ever was one, heaped ridicule upon the very idea of honoring doctorates:

“My doctorate just signals that I went through a program of exams and paper-writing, including a thesis-length paper at the end. But so what? Graduate school is not even that hard. I am a good cocktail-party bullshit artist, but I was that before grad school, and some of the best BS’ers I know have only a B.A.”

What changed from 2014? You know exactly what. America lots its sense of humor, but gained an arrogant new nobility. It’s high time those nobles were dumped in the mud, titles and all.