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ELITISM AND THE ELITIST ELITES WHO THINK THEY'RE THE ELITE

Elites aren't the problem, just "our" elites in this era and place. Charles Murray did a fantastic job in his book, "Human Accomplishment", in a small section explaining in part why accomplishment had fallen off so badly in western civilization, comparing elites of today with elites of the past. Especially at the height of the Renaissance. Reading his analysis of what makes civilizations not merely good, but great, and what spurs accomplishment, the Marxist assumptions in Obama's comment are diametrically in opposition to the beliefs of most of yesteryear's elites. In particular, the view of "transcental goods". Murray, while himself an agnostic, was surprised at how important this turned out to be and thus he listed it among his "four essentials" for "genius level" accomplishment, especially on a civilizational level.
As an aside, the absolute worst thing for societies to experience was Communism. The fall off for Russia in accomplishment was most severe.

Comment Posted By Emma On 13.04.2008 @ 23:34

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: SHUT YOUR YAP!

What I find convenient and appalling is this same President and his constituents who are advocating keeping an open mind about Intellectual Design and saying "hey, let's let the kids decide", flatly refuse to take that attitude towards birth control methods as opposed to abstinance. If nothing else, we can say the right wing is consistant. Consistantly willfully ignorant, but consistant nonetheless.

Comment Posted By Emma On 3.08.2005 @ 10:15


 


 


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