09 September 2009

I'm Not Alone On Academics & Elites

Anyone familiar with this blog knows that academics and elites are a favorite target for derision here at the OVB. Thus it was refreshing to see Camille Pagilia (herself a liberal Democrat), get more right in a recent piece than the state-controlled media gets right in a whole week. She does a much better job of skewering elitists, academics, and PC education than I ever could:

"Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism."

And . . .

"But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why? Is it because the new professional class is a glossy product of generically institutionalized learning? Independent thought and logical analysis of argument are no longer taught. Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it's invisible."

I could not have said it better. Self-judgment and self-criticism are the seeds of greatness. Elites should take heed, but they won't. That's what makes them elites. Read the rest of Camille Paglia's piece here.

**She goes after the Republicans as well.


Naim Peress said...

I think that any party that comes to power suddenly falls in love with government and its power. It happened to the Republicans when they captured Congress and the White House.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


I think you are correct. Unless you have a truly principled conservative President like Reagan in office, and a conservative Congress, the best case scenario is gridlock.