Counterfeit Elitism

Those damn dairy farmers. Why do they insist on trying to govern? Or, put another way:

Why are Republicans trusting Devin Nunes to be their oracle of truth!? A former dairy farmer who House intel staffers refer to as Secret Agent Man because he has no idea what’s going on.

Thus spoke MSNBC panelist, Yale graduate, former Republican “strategist,” and Bush administration speechwriter Elise Jordan.

Jordan likely knows little about San Joaquin Valley family dairy farmers and little notion of the sort of skills, savvy, and work ethic necessary to survive in an increasingly corporate-dominated industry. Whereas dairy farmer Nunes has excelled in politics, it would be hard to imagine Jordan running a family dairy farm, at least given the evidence of her televised skill sets and sobriety.

Republicans “trust” Devin Nunes, because without his dogged efforts it is unlikely that we would know about the Fusion GPS dossier or the questionable premises on which FISA court surveillance was ordered. Neither would we have known about the machinations of an array of Obama Administration, Justice Department and FBI officials who, in addition to having possibly violated the law in monitoring a political campaign and unmasking and leaking names of Americans to the press, may have colluded with people in the Clinton campaign who funded the Steele dossier.

“Elite” is now an overused smear. But it is a fair pejorative when denoting a cadre that is not a natural or truly meritocratic top echelon, but is instead a group distinguished merely by schooling, associations, residence, connections and open disdain. If this is supposed to translate into some sort of received wisdom and acknowledged excellence, ordinary Americans may be pardoned for missing it.

The frustration with chronic elite incompetence was a theme in the 2016 election. “Expert” pollsters assured us of a Clinton landslide. The media could not follow undergraduate rules of decorum and truthfulness. “Brilliant” Ivy League trained pundits preached that the Trump administration’s first year would be disastrous and without accomplishment. Televised legal eagles insisted that Robert Mueller by now would have indicted Team Trump on charges of Russian collusion.

Half the country no longer believes these self-appointed authorities, largely because there is no visible connection between what the self-congratulatory say and do and any commensurate discernable accomplishment.

After a half-century of “whiz kids,” “the best and the brightest,” and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Americans finally yawned and are moving on.

Deplorables, Clingers, and Those Not Worthy of Worry
One symptom of such a played-out elite is its blanket condemnation of the supposed blinkered middle-class—usually evident in their virtue-signaling outrage and in their inclination to contrast their own supposed enlightenment to the supposed ignorance of everyone else.

You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic—Islamophobic—you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that… Now, some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.

So said Yale law graduate Hillary Clinton, in an incoherent, factually unsubstantiated, and politically disastrous rant that may have lost her the 2016 election.

Clinton all but wrote off 25 percent of America as “not America”—this from the 2008 primary challenger to Barack Obama who was blasted by progressives for pandering to just such a white gun-owning consistency.

Or as Barack Obama once said, Hillary Clinton is “talking like she’s Annie Oakley . . . Hillary Clinton is out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday. She’s packing a six-shooter. Come on, she knows better.”

Or as Clinton herself once put it, “[I’ve] found how Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me . . . There’s a pattern emerging here.”

It is hard to image the Yalie feminist Clinton having any sort of political career without attachment to president emeritus and spouse Bill Clinton, whose serial sexual harassment and assault she not only contextualized over four decades, but by serial defense fueled.

Yale law graduates are not dairy farmers. But those who milk cows know enough not to peddle lies that one can invest $1,000 in cattle futures, beat the one in a trillion odds, and pocket a speculative profit of $100,000, all through autodidactic study of “the Wall Street Journal”—about as a believable yarn as claiming 30,000 deleted emails on an illegal home-brewed server under government request concerned a wedding and yoga.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Thus spoke candidate Barack Obama about another “they.” Obama apparently did not grasp that the so-called white population voted for him in greater numbers in the general election than it did for Al Gore or John Kerry, including the very constituency he wrote off as near Neanderthal.

On what criteria of excellence did Obama in 2008 justify separating himself from the objects of his stereotyped condemnations?

His stellar Columbia undergraduate transcript? His landmark editorship of the Harvard Law Review? His dynamic career as a state legislator and U.S. senator? The ethical manner in which he conducted his Illinois senate campaign? His savvy business deals with Tony Rezko? His limitless knowledge of geography?

All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement . . . my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

So said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign, in a similar fashion to the condescension that lost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election and nearly cost Barack Obama the 2008 nomination.

Romney’s rhetorical sins were somewhat comparable to those of Clinton and Obama and similarly reflected an out-of-touch sense of superior wisdom and insight not always warranted. Did the multimillionaire Romney not know that many citizens of the 47 percent who work nobly as minimum-wage peach pickers or clerks understandably need assistance through health or education subsidies?

Romney was, of course, correct that someone like himself could never convince those culpable of unduly receiving entitlements to take responsibilities for their lives. But could someone else have done it through a general invigoration of the industrial and manufacturing sectors? Perhaps someone who used the pronoun “our” rather than “I,” and sought to jaw bone and persuade outsourcers and off-shorers to again create jobs in American in anticipation of a more favorable business, regulatory and energy climate, and as a way of helping “our miners,” “our farmers,” “our vets,” and “our workers”?

When a presidential candidate gives up on 47 percent of the country, or a quarter of the electorate or on an entire state, it is difficult to see any evidence of deep political insight. Elise Jordan no doubt found Romney a more fitting candidate than the raucous Trump. Yet neither a dairy farmer nor Trump so far has written off tens of millions of American as culturally hopeless.

Failure as Success
Much of 21st century elitism comes from the peculiar benefactions of what postmodern riches bring—a divorce from muscular labor and those who do it, an apartheid distance from the very objects of one’s affection and romance, and, above all, general worldly ignorance beneath the veneer of degrees, titles, awards, and memberships.

One thing middle America could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones.

Corporations do not want to locate “call centers, factories, development centers, etc.” because they must also deal with the fact that small towns “have nothing going for them. No infrastructure, just a few bars and a terrible school system.

Thus spoke Melinda Byerley, an obscure founder of the Silicon Valley company Timeshare CMO. She became infamous for five minutes for this Facebook posting that served as a sort of credo of why coastal elites hated those unlike them

Of course, Silicon Valley’s vaunted infrastructure is a mess of congestion, decrepit roads, and corroding bridges. Google workers sleep in Winnebagoes. A muscular class from Mexico and Central America lives in sometimes deplorable conditions in places like Redwood City, juxtaposed to Atherton or Woodside. The tech elite have often fled the apparently “terrible” public schools. Bay area private academies have grown exponentially, in the fashion of Southern academies following court-mandated desegregation orders during the 1970s.

Saintly Illegal Immigration
One strange manifestation of elite contempt is a romance with illegal immigration—usually by needs conflated with legal immigration to caricature its opponents. Illegal immigration is often idealized in the abstract but rarely lived with in the concrete, and also is useful as a surrogate club with which to beat down the proverbial white working class.

These rural places are often 95 percent white…Are these counties marked by high social cohesion, economic dynamism, surging wages and healthy family values? No. Quite the opposite. They are often marked by economic stagnation, social isolation, family breakdown and high opioid addiction. …It is a blunt fact of life that, these days, immigrants show more of these virtues than the native-born.

So wrote New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Few in the supposedly white sinkholes oppose measured, meritocratic, diverse and legal immigration. What they “resent” is the antithesis: influxes of those who arrive, in illegal fashion, and often in need of expensive social services, who are used cynically by Democratic Party elites as future constituents. In other words, like Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama prior to 2012, the white middle and lower classes want secure borders, some protections for entry-level U.S. workers from cheaper imported labor, conditions that facilitate the melting pot, and a return to obeying the law.

Brooks seems disingenuous in his references to “immigrants” without distinguishing legal from illegal. In Arizona, illegal aliens commit crimes at a much higher rate than do the native-born. Immigrant households from Central America and Mexico have the highest welfare costs ($8,251)—some 86 percent higher than the costs of comparable native-born households. Of the so-called  “Dreamers,” about 5 percent graduated from college; about 20 percent dropped out of high school, and about one in a thousand served in the military. Such figures are not cited to demonize illegal aliens, only to remind Brooks that his unsympathetic white working class has genuine concerns about illegal aliens and no demonstrable opposition to measured, legal, and meritocratic immigration.

Look, to be totall­y honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in? …You can make a case that America has been great because every—I think John Adams said this—basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work, everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled—whatever.

Thus spoke Weekly Standard editor-at-large Bill Kristol, who likewise does not differentiate illegal from legal immigration, but who does seem intrigued with the idea not of just supplementing but replacing a supposedly played-out white working class beyond redemption.

But surely if there is decadent, lazy, spoiled white class it is not in places like Bakersfield or Dayton, but more likely on tony college campuses. There a new generation of “spoiled” elites is increasingly poorly educated but strident in its indoctrination. They are zealous about their claims on behalf of wisdom, but ignorant of any broad knowledge that might substantiate that zealotry.

Entry into the nation’s elite universities for mostly qualified applicants is enhanced by two avenues: minority status and elite white networking. The white working class lacks both, though caricaturing its imagined illiberality is a useful trope for elite whites to showcase their empathy to fellow minority elites and the gatekeepers who demand orthodoxy on these questions.

Our best and brightest, with the most impressive resumes and degrees, not the “decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever” of Middle America ran up $20 trillion in national debt. Our best failed over a decade to achieve 3 percent economic growth. The supposedly smartest warped the health care system. The brightest could not translate overseas interventions into a strategic or cost-to-benefit advantage. The anointed eroded the border. The most knowledgeable gave us state nullification of federal law. The purportedly most ethical weaponized the IRS, the FISA courts, the DOJ, and the FBI, undermined the idea of free-speech in the university, and politicized everything from the eroding NFL to the increasingly irrelevant Oscars.

Our so-called elite, not the middle classes, has made a desert and called it success.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author most recently of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump and the newly released The Dying Citizen.

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172 responses to “Counterfeit Elitism”

  1. So much BS, so little time to respond. To pick one point, we’ve rejected elites after a half century of … what? In the last 50 years, we’ve seen the Soviet Union collapse, crime drastically decrease, and casualties from armed conflicts go down, as well.
    Maybe the problem isn’t that “elites” aren’t perfect, but rather that a major political party has created a propaganda machine to tear down the notion of expertise.

    • In your batch of random unanswerable factoids, you forgot to mention that happiness is up by 50%. Let’s all thank the elites, and be on the lookout for rogue political parties.

      • Do you really think that statistics about crime rates and deaths from military actions are “factoids,” akin to a measure of happiness?

      • Do you really think the current “elite” caused the collapse of the soviet union, or are the cause of less war or crime? Your statistics are so broad they are meaningless and can’t be proved or disproved without a lot of qualification. Then you go on to say “because elite”. You made an all around dumb comment.

    • of the “so much BS” you didn’t pick very compelling examples.

      • You don’t think a drastic reduction in violent deaths is compelling? What examples are better, in your opinion?

      • How is it that the elites are to thank for this?

      • According to Hanson, the elites have been running the world for the last 50 years, and the Real Americans are moving on. If you’re not going to give the elites credit for real improvements, then to what or whom do you attribute those improvements?

      • You need to think a little more deeply. If yours is a serious question I can’t help you.

      • That’s an impressive dodge when you don’t have a response.

      • One could argue that the improvements are IN SPITE of the elite…

      • I suppose that you could argue that. If that’s your position, maybe you should go ahead and make that argument.

      • But he didn’t ask if they get credit, he asked “what did they do”? Your insistence that the improvements mentioned were planned was not backed up with anything. Which of the elites policies produced the results for the credit you claim they deserve?

        Human beings working in their own best self interest are to whom should be attributed those improvements, not bureaucrats transferring wealth which they did not create.

      • I’ll give you a specific answer about the reduced violence in the world from military operations. The UN has to be given a large share of the credit for giving the world a method to resolve disputes without going to war.

      • Really. You have lots of experience with the UN. ROFLMAO.

      • If I could interrupt while you’re rolling on the floor, why do I have to have experience with the UN to conclude that it deserves credit for fewer wars?

      • It’s not as simple as you make it seem. In fact, the improvements have been realized in spite of the best efforts of the so-called elites, rather than because of them. Most of the improvement has been seen on local levels, and that varies widely depending on who is in power. We are only just beginning to undo the damage foisted on us by our “betters” during the Obama administration.

      • The truth is that I think it’s ridiculous to either defend or criticize “elites” as a group. Facts matter, and sometimes “elites” act admirably and others not so admirably. It was Hanson in the OP who made the gross generalization to begin with. It’s stupid, and reveals the absence of seriousness in Hanson’s propaganda.

      • The reduction in violent crime is nothing more than demography. Young men commit the majority of crimes and as the percentage of our population of young men decreases, there has been a corresponding reduction in violent crime. That and the imprisonment of several million.

        Sure, sure, it is all because the really smart, smarty smarts have solved humanities problems. Just think McNamara and the Vietnam War.

      • I actually think that the reduction in lead exposure is a more likely explanation for the reduced crime rate. And that’s attributable to “elites” who enacted environmental laws and regulations.

      • Lead reduction? LOL. So the fact of young men are criminals and there are less young men is false? You sure it isn’t fluoride in the water?

      • Read up on it.

        The violent crime rate in American is about half of what it was in 1991. Are you saying that there are half as many young men now (by percentage) as then? Because I don’t think that’s even close to being true.

      • “I don’t think” This is the only accurate statement you have made to date.

      • Americans consume potato chips. Muslims must consume all the paint chips.

      • Actually lead exposure in terms of the likely of getting your racist thug ass shot off is what reduced crime.

      • And three strikes legislation. All violent crime began to decline as more states passed this kind of legislation along with mandatory sentencing.

    • Crime has gone down because there are seven times more people in prison compared to 1990.

      • I don’t know that I agree with that, but let’s say you’re correct – since it was the “elites” running things since 1990, then they must be credited for that reduction, whatever the means used. Or am I missing something?

      • The increase in prison population came about because politicians responded to people’s real concerns about crime with tougher sentencing. You could call the people who did this the elites, but I don’t think Hanson has a problem with that as I don’t think he has fundamental problem with hierarchy. What he doesn’t like are the so-called “elites” who from their coastal enclaves care very little about average citizens.VDH doesn’t like phony elites, or in other words, today’s progressives.

      • Oh. Hanson doesn’t like “phony elites” or “elites” from “coastal enclaves” who “care very little about average citizens.” That’s a bold, brave stance to take.

      • Some of the legislation was through I&R or the politicians would never have gotten around to it.

    • The ‘elites’ of today are not what they were fifty years ago. All aristocracies begin as meritocracies, in that they possess whatever abilities allowed them to rise to power in the first place. But it is an established historical fact that all aristocracies decay over time, as they become more interested in the perquisites of power than in maintaining the required abilities for keeping it. The Progressive Ascendancy rose to power around 1913, so it took them a little over a century to reach the giggling idiots in powdered wigs and facepaint stage. That’s pretty fast, but such is the nature of the modern age.

      • You think that elites of today are less serious than elites from the 1800s? I don’t know how you draw that conclusion.

      • There is another phenomenon at work. Some of those aristocracies certainly began as meritocracies. Extraordinary individuals made discoveries, began industries, invented useful items or processes to make them, made advances in science, business, engineering, etc. And then …… their inheritors, offspring, the “explainers” of their advances succeeded them. Are you familiar with “regression toward the mean”? Here it means that the next generation will not be so intelligent, wise, driven, dedicated. Theirs is likely to be even worse. Examples are to found found throughout history. Look at Reagan’s natural offspring, for example. Or the descendants of King David. The Kennedy clan. Many others. Focused on their status, but contributing nothing — at best — and more likely doing damage. Again, reference King David. But they sure love their “elite” status, and everyone tells them how great they are, so they believe it. This is one of those VERY few cases where the wild accusations of “privilege” are often quite correct. See the “legacy admissions” to the Ivy League institutions, for example. Snooty dolts for the most part, or at least that is true of those I’ve been unfortunate to encounter.

      • Everything you write has always been true. In fact, over the past 50 years (the period identified by Hanson as the period of decline) there’s been more meritocracy than ever before, as Jews, Blacks, and women were finally permitted to fully participate in society.

    • Credentialism is replacing expertise. One doesn’t need any particular mastery or talent in any particular discipline, but if you have a sheepskin from the right university, you’re in. No guarantee that you are knowledgeable in any comprehensive sense, let alone educated.

    • Soviet Union? Reagan. The elites were in favor of detente. Remember the way Reagan was ridiculed by the elite class because of his hostility to communism. The furor over the “tear down this wall” speech. Maybe your too young and went to public schools.

      • He wasn’t ridiculed because of his hostility to communism. People were concerned that he was needlessly belligerent (“we begin bombing in 5 minutes”). And I’m not too young to remember the people on Reagan’s right who were arguing that diplomacy and negotiations were doomed to fail, and that Reagan was appeasing the evil empire. Kind of like what people are saying now about Iran.

    • Another great article by Hanson.
      Exposing an “elite” consisting of “intellectuals” without intellect, and “moral guardians” without morals.

      Here’s a sampling of what our self-proclaimed “betters” have written in the past:

      Jonah Goldberg
      July 8, 2015: “Donald Trump has no chance of becoming president.”
      July 11, 2015: “He’ll never be president…”
      Aug. 6, 2016: “I am very skeptical that Trump’s candidacy can be saved…. Trumpism is a radiation leak threatening to destroy the GOP, not just in 2016 but for a generation.”

      George Will, another bow-tie wearing member of the chess club:
      Dec. 24, 2015 (in the Washington Post!): “Trump nomination would destroy the GOP”

      Frank Luntz
      November 8, 2016: “Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.” (on election night (6:43 p.m. to be exact)!)

      Bill Kristol
      May 2, 2016: “I think he’d be a terrible nominee… Trump will lose the election.”

      John Fund
      March 6, 2016: At the current rate, Trump might not get to 1,237 delegates.”

      Matthew Dowd, ABC’s in-house “Republican”
      Nov. 7, 2016: Clinton will get “341 electoral votes.”

      Jay Nordlinger of NR
      July 26, 2015: “I don’t’ take Trump seriously as a political figure…. He’ll be gone ere long.”

      Michael Barone
      March 23, 2016: Trump’s chances of winning are “preposterous.”

      Matthew Continetti
      June 4, 2016: “Republicans should be worried…. The question won’t be whether she’ll win. It will be by how much.”

      Mike Murphy, the presiding genius of the Jeb! campaign:
      ‘My big prediction: I think she’ll win FL quickly; will be clear in early numbers.’

      Jim Geraghty of NR
      8-1-16 Trump will lose
      7-5-16 Trump is losing
      8-17-16 Trump campaign “no longer effective”

      Byron York:
      10-19-16: Trump winning is an “impossible task.” “This race is over.”

      Rich Lowry:
      1-21-16 Trump “is a menace to American conservatism”

      Mona Charen
      “Trumps nomination represents the GOP’s “full-on suicide…[Trump] will destroy the party… RIP GOP.” (Aug. 5, 2016)

      Jay Cost of NRO.
      On March 24, 2016, Cost predicted that “if Donald Trump is the nominee, Hillary Clinton’s floor in the Electoral College is 400 votes.” FLOOR, not ceiling.
      “kiss the senate goodbye” Oops!

      Max Boot
      “The Republican Party is Dead…. Trump will lose by a landslide.” (LAT, May 8, 2016)

      Bill McInturff–McCain’s 2008 pollster
      Oct. 6, 2016: McInturff had Clinton winning by 11%.

      David French
      “a vote for Trump is a vote to send conservatism into exile”

      Bret Stephens
      “a Trump candidacy is an epic GOP disaster that all-but guarantees Hillary Clinton’s election,” 8-8-16

      Karl Rove
      12-2-15 “I don’t think Trump will win the nomination.”
      1-8-16 “If Mr. Trump is its standard-bearer, the GOP will lose the White House and the Senate, and its majority in the House will fall dramatically”
      10-23-16 “Trump is bound to lose the election.”

      • Thanks for this. Stunning. Yes, nearly every establishment individual predicted Mr. Trump’s loss. I know he wasn’t my first choice.

        Having said that, I believe Mr. Trump IMHO is on the verge of surpassing Ronald Reagan who is a political saint to me. I am starting to understand how Mr. Trump’s presidency is changing the political and cultural dynamics in our country. Very much for the better. As he likes to say “Make America Great Again”

        By criticizing the NFL he helped tank their attendance numbers and given rise to Vince McMahon resurrecting the old XFL.

        He has totally exposed the Left for the empty suits they are. Just look at how they acted during the SOTU. They have nothing to offer the American people that is better than what Mr. Trump is delivering. I nearly fell off my seat when Mr. Trump said “Americans are Dreamers, too” In one phrase he destroyed the pro-amnesty crowd.

        The Mueller investigation is turning out silver linings behind all of the clouds. The more they investigate so-called “Russian Collusion” the more the American people see it is the Deep State and the Establishment elites colluding behind the scenes. The Nunes Memo demonstrates where the real “Russian Collusion” is. We Americans have to insist that the perpetrators in this soft coup attempt be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Including Obama and Clinton if verifiable evidence of their guilt can be presented in a court of law.

        We have a long way to go but I think America is on the long road back.

      • I agree with all you say.
        But THEY have the media gigs. People like you and I don’t.

      • While we don’t have the gigs we have the 2nd Amendment if it comes to it.

      • Take a peak at the Grassley Memo, that has some Juicy nuggets as well.

      • Wrong. We have infowars. We got Trump elected. We beat MSM and Hillary and Trump say the Same. Infowars Saved America. #WarRoomShow Welcome to the resistance

      • Thanks for the walk down nightmare alley. Of all these gasbags William Kristol is the most vile.

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      • I just input the best (worst?) from each. I have far more quotes.

      • Post them all, sir, if you get a chance. I’d like to save them. (Seriously.)

        What a glorious failure our “betters” have shown to be.

      • Neocon Willie Kristol never saw a war to benefit Israel that Americans shouldn’t fight.

      • I don’t blame any of them for having said when Trump announced his candidacy, that it was doomed, or even after he won an early primary.

        However, after that, they failed to note or, if they did note, failed to try to grasp the meaning of the crowds who came to listen to him. Okay, at first, they might have thought people came because he was a “curiosity.” Bad argument, I think, but plausible. However, they didn’t continue to wonder why it was people took off work, off school, stood in lines in the heat for hours to listen to him.

        They could not understand why it was the people cheered, nodded, laughed with him and those standing next to them.

        Thousands in every single audience, many of whom had to drive for hours before they could even wait in those long lines. The middle aged. The old. The young.

        From Kristol to Hillary Clinton, they were and still are incapable of understanding…they might as well live on Mars.

  2. I’m not convinced that Americans not trusting the elites is because of any rational process, any application of critical reasoning.
    I suggest instead that “respect” is worst than a dirty word, it’s now thought of as a stupid word. The ME generation puts sole trust in self, so it’s cool to say “I don’t trust” this or that, because they don’t trust, they don’t respect, ANYTHING.

  3. I have come to expect this garbage from people that worked for that sublime nitwit Bush.

    • Agreed. Bush was likely the worst president ever because he was such a nitwit and doofus. I voted for him four times, governor and president. Jeez I’d like those votes back. This moron let the EXACT SAME people who destroyed his fathers presidency destroy his. What a goofus.

      • Worse than Obama? I take issue with that. Bush was bad, 2nd worst maybe, though Carter and LBJ and Wilson and FDR can all lay claim to that title. Probably others too, but I am less familiar with some older ones.

      • Bush was only bad in a conservative context. Almost every Democrat president can’t help but be worse. Maybe not Truman. I’ll give JFK a pass cause he didn’t serve out his term. Every other one in living memory was magnitudes worse.

      • Dunno about that. Bush invaded Iraq, an historically epic blunder imo. Also further blew up Medicare with drug benefit. Also implemented serious spying on citizens (which we have been paying dearly for recently). Can’t think of anything good he did, though he did have a solid character I think.

      • Well, that’s part of the difference between him and 0bama, isn’t it? Whatever his faults — and they were indeed legion — he was a man of good character and who, despite his many disastrous policies (or failure to restrain those from his own party), loved the country. These cannot be said of the other guy.

      • I voted for him, despite his having been a college cheerleader.

      • So did I, and I didn’t care about that. It was Yale. I also didn’t give a damn that he had a DUI on his record. The fact is, so many of us had high hopes, and on election night, for a moment, we all felt like the grown-ups were in charge again.

      • Well if you would like to reenact 9/11 with Al Gore as President go ahead. Just don’t take me with you into the time machine.

  4. So sad to see the once sane Elise Jordan turn into a liberal hack.

  5. Touché, Dr. Hanson.
    We’ve forgotten our roots — all of them. I speak as the grandson of a San Joaquin Valley immigrant farmer, whose 9 children worked his farm and survived the Depression through brute labor — then went to college.
    The American Experiment was self-governance by the unwashed masses. That vision eschewed a political class by design. We forfeited the birthright of self-determination bequeathed by that vision when we acquiesced to the inevitability of a permanent political class.
    In Colorado, we elected a native dairy farmer (Wayne Allard) to the US Senate, who promised to serve two terms and step down. He kept his promise, and was replaced by a non-native liberal (Mark Udall). We need constitutionally mandated lifetime term limits for all political offices.
    There may be no way to protect individual people from the fecklessness of their own choices, but at least we can limit the damage to the body politic.

    • Udall, Smiths and Babitts-uselss as tits on a salamander..
      All related -except for the salamander-I maybe..

    • It takes a Constitutional Amended which will never happen due to the small states ( mostly red states) clinging to their only weapon: an entrenched bunch of “ conservative “ congressmen who have been in power for years.

      • Not so. Tenth Amendment gives states power to regulate elections. They can impose their own limits.

      • Convention of States Article V. of the Constitution.

      • No, you idiot. South Carolina can pass a bill in the State Assembly limiting the terms of Congressmen and Senators to two consecutive terms only. There is nothing in the Constitution that says SC cannot do that.

  6. One thing I wonder, and Professor Hanson is in a great place to assess: Is part of our problem that the elite cadre he discusses produce intangibles – as lawyers, journalists, professors, commentators and politicians they produce words? And as financiers they produce numbers? They seldom produce things.

    I have marveled over how often a progressive (like President Obama) would say something and thing he had done something. Maybe that’s because his only product his entire life was words. In the center of the country, we tend to produce more things – food, buildings, goods. We think we’ve done something when we’ve actually done something.

    • “I have marveled over how often a progressive (like President Obama) would say something and thin[k] he had done something.”

      Seems to me I’ve heard that idea before, but yours is a particularly good expression of it.

      • Acta non verba (deeds not words) is the way we used to dismiss the empty platitudes that the dismal GW Bush mouthed during his misbegotten administration.

    • That “elite cadre” are “symbolic-analysts”, from the blueprint for the post-industrial economy, published in 1992, by our Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997: “THE WORK OF NATIONS: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism” By Robert Reich Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. His ‘vision’ was that productivity gains in manufacturing would launch a post-industrial economy comparable to the 19th century shift from agriculture to industrialization. The deployment of computers in supply-chain efficiencies in the 1990’s WAS a huge productivity boost. The environmentalists saw the opportunity to push for offshoring, free-traders got their moment in power, and the MBAs leveraged all of that to monetize manufacturing, then housing. A tsunami of self-fulfilling prophecies.

      […]Reich divides American jobs into three broad categories for assessing their contribution to new the global economy. These are “symbolic- analytic” services, routine production services, and “in-person” services. The first of these is carried out by what Reich calls “symbolic analysts” engineers, attorneys, scientists, professors, executives, journalists, consultants and other “mind workers” who engage in processing information and symbols for a living. These individuals, which make up roughly twenty percent of the labor force, occupy a privileged position in that they can sell their services in the global economy. They are well-educated and will occupy an even more advantageous position in society in the future.[…] (Reich’s book does not qualify for

      They don’t have a label for my tiny deplorable basket: wrong credentials.

  7. “The frustration with chronic elite incompetence was a theme in the 2016 election.”

    How dare you question the competence, or motives, of the elites. They are, after all, our betters—or so they say.

    “… that one can invest $1,000 in cattle futures, beat the one in a trillion odds, and pocket a speculative profit of $100,000, all through autodidactic study of “the Wall Street Journal”…”

    As I recall, the WSJ, at that time, didn’t report on cattle futures.

    • Over on LinkedIn, when Hillary was campaigning and a “LinkedIn Influencer” (which tells you a lot about LinkedIn), her campaign would post articles about helping working Americans become more prosperous.

      I would comment, “Why not post your secrets for turning $1,000 into $100,000? That would help a lot of people.”

      Needless to say, I never received a reply.

      • THAT and the fact I was being stalked by a woman who I used to work with-is the reason I jettisoned LinkedIn…
        No Twitter,no fazedbook, either…
        Wife got almost wore out her .38 at the range…

  8. Well, the “elites” aren’t smart enough to know that you can’t have open borders and a generous welfare state if you want to remain solvent.

    • “Solvent,” to a liberal, means “racist.” Also “mean.” Also “sexist.” And “homophobic.” And “anti-immigrant.” And “rotten.”

      • I am a liberal and agree that racist means everything the conservatives stand for because they cannot comprehend the changed demographics. I am gay and know that you people are my enemy. You are sexist because deep down you hate #metoo. In short, you are rotten

      • Sarcasm is defined as “belittling truth”. Therefore, yes. If you don’t think the views espoused in this blog and by Nunes aren’t out of touch, observe your state government and what little if any will be left of your crackpot conspiracy- driven right-wing views. The demographics are your doom.

      • It is people like you that are causing the youth of the white middle class to embrace the Alt Right and even more autocratic political philosophies. If they gain power, and someday they might, you may wish you had been a less strident enemy of the great unwashed that you look down on. I have the feeling that they will embrace things not seen since the end of WWII. The irony is that it is you and yours that are creating them.

      • More right wing looney tunes personal insults. I like myself. You people are the haters. You really need to lose all your government subsidies. Let the dairy market get by without them. I was a commidity broker and all you farmers suck up subsidies like starving whales. So don’t bitch about others doing the same. Plus I retired RICH at 41 off my own ingenuity. So I have a high opinion of myself. You, on the other hand, suck the tits of government.

      • Did I miss something? I was reading along and came across your calling people your enemy. I would certainly consider calling someone an enemy hate. It looks to me as if you started the looney tunes personal insults. Well, congratulations on your early retirement and enjoy all that it brings you.

      • You know nothing about me but pronounce me an enemy, a gay-hater and sexist. That’s real joe of you, dude.

        I have a black gay niece that I raised as my own daughter. I have a gay white nephew. I am the married father of four grown daughters. In my working life I have promoted lesbians and gays to high positions in the organization. All I cared about was how they performed on the job.

        Nothing you think you know about me is anywhere near correct. I may or may not be your enemy, depending on your views of various issues, but I can tell from your attitude that I don’t like you. You judge books by their covers. You know nothing but you judge. You are what you accuse others of being.

        You should feel shame. But have a nice judgmental life, judging everybody you run into. I’m just glad I don’t know you in person.

      • I’m not your enemy due to your gayness.. I’m your enemy because you’re a sanctimonious liberal prick, wrapped-up in a social justice narrative, inside a progressive marxist dogma.
        Shorter version… you think you’re morally superior in every way, but you’re just a narcissist.

      • Do you have a clue that the KKK was the military arm of the Democrats. Are you aware every segregation law was written by a Democrat? Democrats always voted against civil rights bills including Al Gores father in the 60’s. Maybe you should study a little history before you insult people.

    • What us deplorables understand is practicality, our “elites” can solve quadratic equations but can’t do basic arithmetic.

  9. One strange manifestation of elite contempt is a romance with illegal immigration

    Legal or illegal immigrants who are hard workers are easier to pet than the “elite’s” own kind. Its own kind forces them to judge their own kind by what they consider to be their (the elites) own virtues. The virtues mentioned are conservative insomuch as all successful living is arrived at by conservative means even including great suffering.

    The elite can suspend such judgement against immigrants because they’re Other from beginning to end.

  10. BillmKristol is a perfect example of a second generation becoming lazy and decadent. His father was a great conservative writer. He went to City College and never got an advanced degree. Yet he had an endowed chair at NYU. He came from nothing but his son of course had a successful father. Young Bill grew up on Riverside Drive, went to a tony prep school (I think Collegiate), and then on to Harvard for a couple of degrees. Yes, second generations often become lazy and decadent, especially when they are given an elite upbringing by parents who worked their way up.

    • Several years ago, I actually MET Bill Kristol in NYC, and told him that I thought he was a charter member of the “lucky sperm” club. It took years before I realized how accurate that statement was.

      • Kristol could be a cousin of Pinch Sulzberger, as a fellow traveler in that swamp.

      • I met him back in 1994 at a conference for Jewish conservatives in Washington DC. My background is similar to that of his father (even to the extent of our common CCNY attendance). Irving would be appalled.

    • His father was a Trotskyist Communist (by his own admission) who hated the Soviet Union only because Stalin persecuted the followers of Trotsky.

  11. If there are any honest statisticians, let them check the correlation on all levels and in all locations between elite dominance and social/moral chaos.

  12. I’m a fifth generation Californian who grew up in the San Joaquin valley. My family were originally farmers who ended up in the trucking industry. Even though my father was very successful and we lived a comfortable life there were always those who turned up their noses at us.

    My Dad went to work when he was very young to help support his widowed mother and siblings. His teachers begged him to go to college because he had a very high IQ and straight As but he loved the challenge of “the game.” He and his even wealthier trucking company owner friends referred to doing business by that term. Their favorite sport was taking on the college boys and beating them.

    The assumption by the elite that farmers, contractors, and trucking people are stupid is why Hillary lost in 2016. It’s not only insulting, it’s patently untrue.

    I now live in a rural area in another state and have never met such well informed and intelligent people. They are head and shoulders above any of the so-called elites I knew in the Bay Area, and a lot nicer.

    • My comment is not about the article, but your post makes me remember a very smart, funny, and kind man who lived and grew up in the SJV. Lost his father at a very early age and had to quit school and go to work to support his mother and 9 siblings. He has gone to his reward recently, but will be remembered as a good friend. Thank you for your post.

    • I would take the “salt of the earth” types over the self-appointed elites any day of the week. They are humble, courteous, patriotic, generous, and more honest than the elites could ever be. I am an educated man, having received a doctorate from an “elite” private university, but I never forget my middle-class roots. Dad was a firefighter and mom was a nurse. I am proud to be their son because they taught me those value I listed above. I’d rather be me, with my more modest lifestyle, than be a snobbish neocon elite like Kristol in any circumstance that I can imagine.

  13. Ouch – Once again another unanswerable analysis by VDH. We have our carapace of “elites” (brilliantly described above) who not only believe that they have a right to rule but also attribute to themselves some sort of demi-god statu based on their supposed infallibility and receibed wisdom.

    We also have out “elites by association” – Those acolytes who mouth liberal slogans, know nothing but lefty talking points and figure a guy like Devin June’s must be an inferior Neanderthal just because he was a “mere” dairy farmer.

    Smug, selfish, insulated and educated-but- not-learned – That is America’s “elite” in 2018.

  14. The question is simple, who would you want to run your town? Residents from Garbutt NY or the graduates of Evergreen?

  15. Remind me how “Immigrant households from Central America and Mexico have the highest welfare costs ($8,251)” jibes with ‘immigrants are an asset to america’. Please.

  16. Don’t be to critical of Elsie Jordon not knowing much about dairies. Her namesake was the Bordon Dairy Company’s advert. Mascot, Elsie the cow.

  17. The dems are still sticking with the same “insult the citizens” gambit that swept Hillary Clinton into the White House… Genius!!!!

  18. When all the Left has is nasty ad hominems, on MSNBC,
    and round and around CNN hysteria, that has nothing to do with the facts,
    then you know they are done.

    I’ll read anything by Prof Hanson. Hard to get a more down to earth but erudite perspective on current events with benefit of classical history, that informs his insight.

    The Marcus Aurelius of our times.

  19. Dr Hanson,
    As a organic dairy farmer I feel like an aggression coming on, where do I file a grievance ?
    These talking head types could not keep up with me on a slow day, besides being a milker I serve as veterinarian, mechanic, carpenter, inseminator, electrician, agronomist, tractor driver, weatherman, and physic trying to understand the ever increasing paper work that “experts” demand.
    as a farmer yourself I know you understand this, “The government will provide service to you just like a bull services a cow”

  20. I fear too few people will get the Tacitus reference the make a desert and call it peace.

    • Yes. “…As in the Germania, Tacitus favorably contrasts the liberty of the native Britons with the tyranny and corruption of the Empire; the book also contains eloquent polemics against the greed of Rome, one of which…Auferre trucidare rapere falsis nominibus imperium, atque ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. (To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace…”

  21. Terrific article, and in those final two paragraphs, one of the worst beatings I’ve ever seen delivered to a very deserving group. “Best and brightest” my rosy red a*s, these self-promoting and self-congratulatory losers are more akin to a swarm of locusts – wrecking one system after another, and when one is stripped of value, moving on to the next victim.

  22. “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic—Islamophobic—you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that… Now, some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfully, they are not America.”

    With leftists, it always ends in death camps.

  23. Even more than a year later, I still wonder why the same voters who would accept an insult like “bitter clingers” from Obama would react so strongly and so negatively to “deplorables” from HRC. And I have found no better explanation than that by Chris Rock starting at 4:00 in this SNL video:

  24. Hey Elise, how many men who were smarter than you were pushed aside so Yale could fulfill a quota?

    Tell that to the people of Zimbabwe whose farmers were murdered and/or tossed off their farms resulting in mass starvation because it turned out the natives knew nuffin’ about farming. I know a couple of farmers and what both have in common is patience and determination. That doesn’t bode well for the scum on the left who tried to engineer a silent coup. Yup. The farmer is already seeing a bumper crop. And I’ll bet they’ll be an even bigger harvest real soon.

  25. One thing us dairy farmers know how to do is cull a herd. NUNES 2024!

    • I can’t believe that this is the first time this had crossed my mind. Thank you. #Nunes2024

  26. Spot on in his swipe at sili Valli. I used to live there. He only left out the surly retail employees and those with 200 word English vocabularies. And the ubiquitous homeless.

  27. Farming is hard, educating work.
    Writing & talking on TV… not so much.

  28. I would trust a dairy farmer, or any farmer for that matter before ever trusting a politician….

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  30. BRAVO!!! Outstanding essay. Damn, I loathe the “Elite” more than ever. I’d like to vote for Trump every day. Regular Americans are making America great again.

    Elites like Hillary, Barack, Bill Kristol, Melinda Byerley,, David Brooks and Elise Jordan are literally ruining it. Time to run them out of our culture as fast as we can. At least 2 of them should be in prison.

    God bless Victor.

  31. Typically farmers and their children learn about discipline and consequences as those farm animals have to be fed every day regardless whether a person wants to feed them or not. Milk cows have to be milked twice a day. My theory is that the average person who grew up on a farm or in a rural area has a clue and understands important concepts like “consequences” while the average city slicker might even think that meat comes from a grocery store and not from a pig or a chicken or a steer. I’ve observed that many of these city slickers repeatedly show that they have zero idea of what a real problem really is such as the Canadian PM Trudeau’s criticism of a girl for saying “mankind” where he then told her to use “people kind” instead, in reality totally creating something new to say. However, just because a person grew up on a farm doesn’t mean that they still won’t be a liberal, ignoramus. People who grew up in a city might also have the common sense of someone who grew up in a rural area.

  32. Nice article. Shared it all over the place. I hope the elite dopes can understand it.

  33. “Our so-called elite, not the middle classes, has made a desert and called it success.” THIS IS A CLASSIC TRUTH …….

  34. What about the Democrats ISN’T counterfeit?
    They really believe We will accept any old crock of Schiff!
    Unfortunately, they have many terminally gullible fools to do just that.
    When they don’t get their way, they agitate their muslim constituents to commit some of their best suicide assignments.

  35. This should have been written many, many years ago. Better late than never!

    • America has finally caught up with Europe in regards to the political caste system. Kudos to Professor Hanson for saying it better than I ever could.

  36. WOW! You nailed it, Professor Hanson! I still cringe when I remember hearing the head creative of one of our NYC ad agencies comment, after arriving late to focus groups, “what can these little women in Indiana tell ME?” The great divide continues….

  37. All true, but he missed the main point: they’re Marxists out to destroy and transform this country into something else, thus speak “lofty ideals” while working behind the scenes to take us all down, in the most obvious divide-and-conquer Marxist, Alinskyite way. I’m sick and tired of “great minds” missing this obvious factor, glaringly absent from journal articles and news shows alike. Are they being deliberately obtuse, or are they complicit?

  38. I knew Bill Kristol at Harvard in the ’70s. We shared the same politics. He was bright and personable. He was also the son of highly influential writer and editor Irving Kristol, “founder of neo-conservatism.” That relationship didn’t hurt Bill’s ascendancy to the elite. “Well-networked,” indeed.

  39. They call the desert a success because it is. That’s what they were aiming at. They are destroyers.

  40. The totalitarianism of the smug. Little fascist prigs.

  41. Right progressive, as in progressive heart disease. “I care”.
    I still hold out hope that competition between countries not burden by our biases will help us, the “free world”. Imagine still being a job, manual labor, or less for the price of walking around a neighborhood, or just asking friends. When I was a teenager I could do this. There’s nothing quite like the confidence learning you can make enough to feed yourself on rice and beans and your own hands will do for you. Means you can tell anyone you want to F-K-Off, I don’t need this job I can find myself another and still take care of my mother. Even if my only medical care for her is holding her hand to her last breath. About the best Castro care the NHS can do, which is so bad compared to her son holding her hand you might just as well torture her. Socialized medicine never addresses these, issues, nor can it, to say nothing about inventing cures, which requires billion-dollar salaries and experiments of excruciating pain. See heart lung machines.

  42. The articulation was wonderfulnl. Great essay. I just became a fan. I particularly enjoyed how he brought attention to the fact that there is nothing “elite” about the liberal establishment. We refer to them as the liberal elite for reasons uncorrelated with skill or excellence.

  43. Wow
    What a fantastic read!
    He easily dissected the left like a skilled biologist would a frog

  44. Another Tour de force by VDH. This has been linked by many Conservative blogs and it captures the essence of the disgust and distrust of the “Credentialed Class” ( Walter Russell Mead has used this term allot.)
    This is about a perfect a summary as you can get.

  45. Everything starts to go wrong here: “it would be hard to imagine Jordan running a family dairy farm”. Prejudice and bias have taken no one anywhere good.

  46. Corporations do not want to locate “call centers, factories, development centers, etc.” because they must also deal with the fact that small towns “have nothing going for them. No infrastructure, just a few bars and a terrible school system. -Melinda Byerley

    So Melinda, can you please explain to me the aversion to small towns when every single weekend you people living in the Bay Area flee that hellhole to descend on the small towns in the Sierra foothills? You come to breathe our fresh air, eat our locally grown uncontaminated foods, and drink wine from our vineyards dating back to the Gold Rush.

    If we are lacking infrastructure maybe it is because for every dollar the federal goverment sends back to California, $.83 is sent to San Francisco and Los Angeles while only $.17 makes its way back to the rural counties. How about for the next 30 years we flip that ratio?

    I agree that all of America has terrible public schools. I am sure you will support the dismantling of the Education/Indoctrination Industrial Complex that has been controlled by the left and ‘elite’ in this country for decades. Anyone who is poorly educated in this country is that way because of the deliberate dumbing down by elitist policies and control. We need to develop online education and fire all current teachers, professors and administrators. Maybe we should “outsource” education to Finnish teachers who manage to have 98% of their students read and do math at their grade level. If we go back to teaching English in “English” instead of teaching “Language Studies” we would actually have more than 40% of students proficient in the subject. It turns out that when American students do math online through math modules their grades increase substantially over the 27% that are currently proficient in math. Just ask the Chicago Public Schools how eliminating math teachers improved the scores. Most importantly a return to requiring History and Civics knowledge over “Social Studies” would guarantee an electorate who would put the likes of you and yours where they rightfully belong – the trashbin of history.

    • I mostly agree with your comments, except I live in a town with a couple of great charter schools which do even better than some of the private schools – Classics Education.

  47. My favorite headline is of the type “Experts (scientists, academics, economists, politicians, researchers, etc.) surprised by reality (temperature, job numbers, crime stats, stock market swing, etc.)”

    When expert consensus seems to be wrong much of the time then how are they expert again? We understand that the world is complicated and unpredictable. So why do we trust modern day prognosticators with abysmal track records? Trust your own instincts. Especially if you’re a dairy farmer or anyone else who understands real work.

    • Never ceases to amaze me why we humans tend to continue to trust those that failed us. Maybe it’s because the education that we get claims that certain things in society are absolutes when they are not. In reality, there are so many nuances to thing. It’s just more evident today in our ever more connected world.

  48. This is not ALL their fault. Stupidity in how you view reality is contagious when its met with a sense of superiority. With a turkey leg in one hand, and a prime rib in the other, how can they understand anything intelligent when they don’t have a napkin?

  49. I 1st 2nd 3rd & 4th the motion that Professor Hanson Is a national treasure!

    • My first time here. Professor Hanson has always caught my attention. He is like the E. F Hutton commercial.

  50. My father’s work took him all over this country and the world. He often remarked that the smartest business men he dealt with were the self described “good ole boys” in the South.

  51. No doubt that article will be in a Historical Passage college class one day

  52. Jordan is the type of “Republican strategist” that led the GOP to defeat after defeat and mired in the Swamp.

  53. I would enjoy the article more if my page didn’t quit flipping to the bottom. I guess I’m supposed to be looking at the advertisements and not reading?

  54. The “Best and the Brightest”???? Let’s not forget that this esteemed group not only has brought us the latest horrors, but also the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq quagmires.

  55. “…about one in a thousand [Dreamers] served in the military…” There are currently only a few places where they can serve in the military if you look up immigration law. A reform which could be recommended would open other areas in which to serve. I bet with proper screening and good character, you would get takers, since serving in the military is a path to naturalization (for someone who loves this country). I really wish we had stats on legal immigrants, both naturalized and green card holders…

  56. I challenge anyone to show me anything that
    Victor Davis Hanson said here that is not a cold hard fact.

  57. Great article! I’ve been thinking about this lately. So many so-called smart people have been acting stupidly lately. I have a graduate degree and I’m so glad I don’t have the disease of fake elitism. I’m not so old and not sure young either, which means that I have had a chance to experience 2 different cultural world views. It’s somehow as if these so called experts woke one day and decided that there is an alternate better world view, which is not really true. Sadly, the younger generations are falling for it. The elitist’s smart education has caused them to lose their wisdom.

  58. America has degenerated into a defacto aristocracy where the only thing missing are honorary titles: Every civil servant granted a knighthood “Sir” and every senator a peerage “Lord.” And all believe themselves above the laws of common men. Even when caught red handed in a criminal misdeed, the worst that can befall them is forced retirement to collect a fat pension.

    • Then they should always have an ever present dark thought in the back of their mind, that at the worst possible time imaginable their overfunded government pension fund becomes insolvent and they are up the creek without a paddle.

  59. Excellent article. Confirms my views about the so called “intellectual elite,” though, in fact, as an avid reader of Mr. Hansen’s articles, he is, in large part, one of the primary sources of those views. Read his bio.

  60. It’s often glossed over that it wasn’t the “deplorable” but the “irredeemable” characterization that helped sink Clinton. “Irredeemable” is as un-Christian an attitude as can be expressed.

  61. Did anybody notice that classical Marxism used to regard working class as agents of change while neo Marxism disdains working class? Isn’t that perplexing?