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.