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The So-Called Elite

By posted at 11:31 am on January 24, 2011 2

n+1 provides a fascinating study of today’s divisive concept of cultural elitism: “Today, though, it’s the bearers of culture rather than the wielders of power who are taxed with elitism. If the term is applied to powerful people, this is strictly for cultural reasons, as the different reputations of the identically powerful Obama and Bush attest. No one would think to call a foul-mouthed four-star general an elitist, even though he commands an army, any more than the term would cover a private equity titan who hires Rod Stewart to serenade his 60th birthday party.”

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2 Responses to “The So-Called Elite”

  1. Kevin
    at 4:23 pm on January 25, 2011

    That seemed a rather long-winded way of reiterating the research, which shows conservatives are afraid of change and new ideas while progressives embrace such things.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html

  2. K. Frazier
    at 7:20 pm on January 25, 2011

    Not long-winded, just illustrated with some good specific examples.

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