Skip to comments.The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility
Posted on 01/12/2012 5:44:35 PM PST by grey_whiskers
Glenn Reynolds is correct in his weekend post to point to the social theory of the New Class as key to understanding the convulsions in the middle and upper middle class; Ive written about it myself here at VC and in a 1990s law journal book review essay. The angst is partly income, of course but its also in considerable part, as Glenn notes, characterized as much by self-importance as by higher income, and is far more eager to keep the proles in their place than, say, [Anne] Applebaums small-town dentist. Its thus not surprising that as its influence has grown, economic opportunity has increasingly been closed down by government barriers.
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I cannot praise it too highly, except that I am corroded with jeaousy that I did not write it myself.
Read the WHOLE THING.
As a child of a new class thinker, this resonates. Teach first, law second, accountancy third, and then something noble behind it were the choices drilled into me.
Problem is....food is my first love followed by writing and I probably should have gone the restaurant route. Of course “there’s no money in writing” and if I was a chef, I’d work on Saturday nights. By the time I figured out that neither was a bad thing, I had a career I’m OK with and a blog I putter with once every few months.
If I had to do it over, I’d get into fine dining establishments and work my way up to waitress or maitre de. Would have made my new class parent nuts.
It burns with reality.
Well done. He left out manufacturing for “sustainable” revenues, but that’s alright, too. The transition to better leadership in all levels of business, government and academia is going well so far.
Excellent analysis, but the composition gets a C+. You could have done much better.