Monday, 4 January 2016

Quote of the Day: On the new boss(y) class

"In contemporary North American and the EU [and in Australasia], the ascendant controlling power comes from a new configuration of the cognitively superior, i.e., the academy, the mainstream media, and the entertainment and technology communities. This new centralist ruling class, unlike the Tories, relies not on tradition, Christianity, or social hierarchy to justify its actions, but worships instead at the altar of [alleged] expertise and political correctness."

~ Joel Kotkin, from his article 'Liberals Are the New Autocrats'

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1 comment:

  1. Except, of course, that they are not "cognitively superior" at all. They have gone to the Ivy Leagues, at least in America. These institutions have given degrees to such idiots as John Kerry, Obama (and, amazingly, his wife), and of course G. Bush.

    In America, with it is large population, it is absurd to imagine that the "cognitively superior" can only come from such places--the eniotre graduating class in any year form these institutions in aggregate, probably comes to less than 10,000 people.

    And just what is this new bit of jargon, "Cognitive superiority". A dictionary would tell us the cognition is "he mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses." Are we to surmise that the abilities to pass certain exams are the ultimate and final expression of this?

    Just more arrogance from an entrenched set of would be aristos, little based in fact.

    It is if 140 years ago the Morse code operators united and determined that they knew how to run rail roads. A return to common sense interest rates and free (or at least freer) markets would quickly clear up just how idiot this notion of "cognitive superiority" is as applied to the exclusive schools in the West,

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