Please read the article before posting and just assuming that this is another OWS-type article. It isn't.
It’s not about the wealth,
it’s about the elitism (snobbery).
Feudal caste systems are hardly new.
And, overwhelmingly, they will think, "How did I get here? I don't really deserve this."
And that's how guilty Liberals are created. They are just powerful schlubs who think that they are secretly unworthy to exercise power. They don't understand the world, but they will rush around and try to "fix" everything to prove their own worth.
It’s about amorality.
In short, the elite are trying to hold back those who worked hard and have been successful by controlling them. This new class of weathy are a threat to their control, and they don’t like it. And us folks down here looking up have figured out their game.
We don’t resent their money, we resent their attempts to control us. We also resent them because sometimes they are stealing our freedoms, and sometimes they are stealing our money. You can keep what you have, but don’t take mine.
This is more class-warfare bull****. It’s just packaged with a little twist of lemon to try to appeal to the repressed envy of a few more idiots. Here’s a hint: If it’s in TIME, it ain’t so.
I guess he should send his kids to elite schools that he can now afford, where his rich son or daughter will learn a little about being upper class and (hopefully) marry one of the poorer members of the upper class to gain entrance and the scion of the poor family will avoid the embarassment of a failed family line.
Been that way for 3000 years.
I know someone who was denied entry into a specific sorority in college because, as she told me, her father didn’t earn enough money, and that was 45 years ago. I was so pissed off that I wouldn’t “go Greek” either. Then, there was the little (actual, bloody) bear head left on a sorority’s steps, which was a prank by a fraternity at about the same time as my decision. I was just disgusted by the whole thing and swore off “going Greek”
I had received a National Merit scholarship and was able to go to a good school. I did not partake of any of the “honor's” classes. The reason? I was a farm boy from Nebraska and didn't belong with the “betters” (my adviser used that term).
Funny thing though, I saw it as a compliment.
This sounds very similar to Angelo Codevilla’s article in the American Spectator last July about the Ruling Class vs. The Country Class. Very worth reading; Rush spent a whole show back then discussing it.
Where’s his data? Of is this just based on extrapolation from general loose observations?
My guess: it’s his idle speculations without grounding in data.
The elite used to view themselves as Americans. Wealthier and more successful than others, but still Americans. Now they view themselves as some altogether separate entity looking down their noses at us “bitter clingers”.
Also, too many of them got where they are not by digging in and working hard to build a business, but by heading to Washington, DC to game the system.
The elitists today are not simply “rich.” There are rich people who are not elitists. Elitists are internationalists, disloyal to the Nation, and look down on Americans. They are in-bred and have rejected the Nation and it’s culture and values. They called those who supported their internationalist ideology in the last election as “smart people.” They refer to Americans who cling to the constitution and American way of life as “stupid people.” They have taken on the attitudes of global rulers; royalty. They are treasonous.
If we wanted to defeat them, we would undo their treaty governed and controlled global market. Also, they are treasonous and we should hang a few who undermine our constitution just so they all know that, wish as they might, there is still an American Nation and we don’t suffer traitors well.
IMO, there’s the elite and there’s the rich; sometimes the twain meet. Those who are merely rich aren’t the ones who are resented (other than by elected Dems and various union thugs).
To me, the ‘elite’ are those who know better what’s good for you and me than we do, i.e., the over-educated. Ego-driven power is their primary motivation in life. Typically, at least one Ivy or similar degree is required for entry to that club. With no sense of irony whatsoever, the younger elites are supportive of OSW. (not that they’d actually live in an OSW encampment)
Unfortunately, the Ivies no longer admit nor promote based on merit but on ‘diversity.’ They want (and govt regs require) a certain percentage each of males/females/whites/blacks/hispanics/native Americans/northerners/southerns/foreigners/athletes of various sports to keep the alum happy. That lovely mosaic can then be molded in their thinking to conform to what the universities and their professors want. It’s all so very intellectual, we just wouldn’t ‘get’ it.
In fairness, Ivies and all ‘highly selective’ colleges have always had ‘preferred’ admitees; historically they were legacies. If Grandpappy built a library, you can be pretty confident you’ll be offered admission.
The theory of elitists seems to be, why work and/or build/run a company with all the risk that involves, when you can be somewhat removed, and make all the laws under which those others have to run their companies?