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I'd hardly call Joel an elitist. He's not the one designing the curriculum or teaching the classes. He didn't invent the situation. He's just observing it.

You have to remember, however, that all sorts of people have romantic notions about the work they think they want to do in life, and once confronted with reality find out they don't really like it or don't want that lifestyle. That's really all he is saying.

Don't pull out a single essay to judge anyone. Take it in light of everything else they've written. I think you'll find Joel to be a lot less elitist than you accuse him of being. It's not like he's Paul Graham, who really is elitist :)

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