Inequalities of all sorts became disreputable during the last half of the 20th century. In the beginning, it was healthy the Civil Rights Movement being the prime exhibit, but also feminism in its original form. Then we moved from the idea of giving everyone open opportunity to the idea that unequal outcomes are bad. If one celebrates the existence of genius, I guess the implication is that some people are immensely more skilled, more industrious, or more efficacious than others. Everyone knows it is true, but no one wants to say it, because it implies that some other people are dumb, lazy, or feckless which in turn implies that some inequalities merely reflect real inequalities in ability. A certain way of looking at the world (and we're back to politics now) finds this offensive. I don't.This is incorrect. it is not individual excellence--socialists celebrate individual excellence--but evidence of differing virtues in different politically selected subgroups (i.e., the accumulation of the individual excellences) which socialists resist.
Socialists strongly believe in the existence of elites--their fantasy is that Monday-morning quarterbacking qualifies themselves as members of the elite. They throng into journalism and the other entertainment media exactly in order to publicize their second guesses.
It was refreshing to this American "conservative" to find in the public library a musty tome of socialist ("liberal") claptrap. Refreshing, that is, because their claims that they could "decide between steam and diesel locomotives" via centralized planning board were not only .fatuous--with hindsight they were completely off-topic. They were worrying about old problems just as utterly new opportunities (miniature digital electronics) were coming at their blind side. And that is obvious now, but at the time a "conservative" who said something entirely new was more important than the apex of big-iron technology might easily have been dismissed as a kook.What socialism actually proclaims is the priesthood of the public-relations/journalism "elite." It's an "elite" which you can easily join--you need only check your brains at the door and join the mutual admiration society mouthing conventional wisdom that the sky is falling and Republcans are to blame.
If this were done the lottery industry would collapse.
I couldn't agree with the good doctor more.