Feeling Entitled?” The Atlantic Monthly, March 2005
I strongly suspect that the title inflation that
Murphy pointed out 16 years ago has only gotten worse. To test that hypothesis,
I found that as of the September 2020 FIDE rating list, there were 1,721
grandmasters in the world.
The image accompanying this post comes from the 1967
film adaptation of the musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying. Here, Robert Morse’s J. Pierrepont (“Ponty”) Finch is engrossed in
his self-help manual—and, judging from the agog look on his face, flabbergasted
at all the job titles high up on the corporate ladder he aspires to climb.