03 January 2017

Our History of Anti-Elitism

Virginian Patrick Henry going after elites.
I've been dumping on elites (particularly those in academia) on this blog almost from day one. Being "anti-elite" has a long tradition in America, as the elitist New York Times pointed out in a piece today.
The notion that distant elites might be conspiring against the people comes straight from the Founding Fathers, whose Declaration of Independence lamented the “long train of abuses and usurpations” inflicted upon ordinary Americans by an arrogant British king. From there on, United States history might be seen as a repeating cycle of anti-elite revolt. The Jacksonians rebelled against the Founders’ aristocratic pretensions. Northern “free labor” went to war against the oligarchical slavocracy. And the Populist revolts of the late 19th century adapted this story to modern capitalism, with farmers and laborers rebelling against robber barons, bankers, time-management experts and college-educated professionals.
In 2016 we witnessed a seismic shift when it comes to the anti-elitist spirit, i.e. Brexit and Trump. I'm quite proud to be a part of the "anti-elite" revolt. Welcome to the party.

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