19 July 2010

The Ruling Class - Elites, Academics & Bureaucrats

vs. The Country Class . . . 

"The two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the 19th century's Northerners and Southerners -- nearly all of whom, as Lincoln reminded them, 'prayed to the same God.' By contrast, while most Americans pray to the God 'who created and doth sustain us,' our ruling class prays to itself as 'saviors of the planet' and improvers of humanity. Our classes' clash is over 'whose country' America is, over what way of life will prevail, over who is to defer to whom about what."

And . . . 

"Americans' conviction that the ruling class is as hostile as it is incompetent has solidified. The polls tell us that only about a fifth of Americans trust the government to do the right thing. The rest expect that it will do more harm than good and are no longer afraid to say so."

And . . . 

". . . much of America's educated class had already absorbed the "scientific" notion (which Darwin only popularized) that man is the product of chance mutation and natural selection of the fittest. Accordingly, by nature, superior men subdue inferior ones as they subdue lower beings or try to improve them as they please . . . As the 19th century ended, the educated class's religious fervor turned to social reform: they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers."

The above are excerpts from an absolutely brilliant and must-read piece in the American Spectator written, ironically, by an academic. There is a nugget in every paragraph. Read the piece. It is a very long piece, but it is well worth your time.

And, in a related piece of news . . . 

"Almost half of adult Washington area residents have college diplomas, and better than one-fifth have graduate or professional degrees. By either measure, the region has the most educated population of any large metropolitan center." (Based on 2008 Census data for the 100 largest metropolitan areas.)

The AS piece, along with this nugget about the DC area being the "most educated" bolsters my frequent argument that education, and even intelligence, does not necessarily produce wisdom nor competence. And this is true in every aspect of life, including historiography. 

More to come on this topic soon.

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