"Elite" used to be a good thing

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  • #588

    Flypusher
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    I like this little essay on American anti-intellectualism:

    Those elites…they think they’re better than us!

    “I don’t know” can be fixed. “I don’t want to learn” is a big problem. “You think you’re better than me?” is worse than “strange women, lying around in ponds, distributing swords” as a basis for government.

  • #597

    mary guercio
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    Guess it’s always true that the view depends upon where you’re standing and what/who you’re looking at….”Class” has reared its head this election and given new impetus to the discussion of elitism.

  • #604

    Griff
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    Depends on the “form” (or context) of Elitism. On the one hand obviously experts should be consulted on most subjects, especially on the hard-sciences, and it’s too bad we don’t take them more seriously, which is no doubt at least partly due to the rise of right-wing populism. And people with experience governing should usually be expected to be better at it than those who don’t.

    That said while the “Crazed Ivory-Tower Intellectual who thinks Citizens should submit themselves to their own highly insulated elitist sub-culture” cliche is perhaps anti-intellectual it is oftentimes very real when it comes more to the Humanities and “Soft-Sciences” and they should be approached with extreme caution. At least until the overt extremists (particularly the radical postmodernists) lose more ground there.

    For some MOAR Scott Alexander (been reading a lot from him lately): http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/11/09/looking-a-gift-horse-in-the-mouth/

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