The Vile Prog Aristocrats


Victor Davis Hanson:

There is a liberal coastal aristocrat, but he is really not very liberal, at least in the sense of his regressive life not matching his progressive rhetoric. His views are mostly conditioned on his education, salary, and material circumstances. Put the coastal aristocrat in charge of a 7-Eleven in Stockton, and his therapeutic view would turn tragic quite quickly. And that fear is why he rarely goes to either a 7-Eleven or Stockton.

Let me give a few examples.

Fracking is seen as mostly bad, not because of any firsthand knowledge, any in-depth reading of the literature, any quid pro quo, or any cost/benefit analysis of the effect of more oil and gas production on the lives of the poor, but largely because the coastal aristocrat senses that he 1) has quite enough money and job security to ignore the price of gas, 2) does not drive all that much in comparison to the red-state interior Neanderthal, and 3) receives enormous psychological comfort and social acceptance from the fact that he is opposed to carbon emissions. Why, he wonders, do the poor on the way to work drive those gas-guzzling used Yukons, when a second-hand Prius would work just as well?

Illegal immigration? The Palo Alto aristocrat’s position is predicated on two realities: his hardworking nanny, yardman, and cook are often rather recent arrivals from Mexico, and he most certainly does not wish his children to attend school anywhere near Redwood City. Thus he is for “comprehensive immigration reform,” with the understanding that the benefits are his, and for others the downside.

Taxes? They are the cost of a utopian worldview, a mordida necessary to live in Cambridge or Santa Monica. For the aristocrat making over $500,000 a year, a few extra thousand dollars a year is a price worth paying, at least for the psychological guarantee that the distant food-stamp recipients, who mostly go to Safeway rather than Ralphs or Whole Foods, are content to live their happy lives as they do. Pay up the penance and be done with the guilt is the creed.

Guns? For the coastal elite, who do not hunt, who do not live in a dangerous neighborhood, and who believe the Bill of Rights are sacrosanct to the degree they support progressive change and fluid when they do not, guns more or less should just go away. Of course, the celebrity, the CEO, and the politician may need “security,” but no one much asks what hides inside the coats of the husky men at their sides.

Education? Public unions are saintly. Charter schools and vouchers are satanic. But the aristocrat, who knows best what is good for the masses, prefers and can afford the private school, and feels no guilt in his choice because his version is liberal while the more low-brow alternative is often crappy and not that much better than the public offering. (E.g., if you wish to duck out of the public school system, at least have the class to do it with style rather than on the cheap: a Castilleja or Andover rather than First Christian Academy.)

In lieu of the traditional aristocrat estate, peerage, or title, the outward manifestation of aristocracy is an Ivy League brand or a West Coast Stanford version. The proper campus is one’s lifelong entrée. The right quad is where your kids meet the right mate and receive a bumper sticker that opens the right doors. Such university snobbery is inconsistent with classical liberalism, but not with liberal aristocratic values, which are based on exclusionary criteria. For the NBC anchor, or the Massachusetts senator, or the Google executive, the key is to get your kid into the right prep school, as requisite for the even more correct Ivy League, where the perfect spouse and Facebook founders-like coterie are found. It is not just that junior will emerge with correct ideas about gay marriage, abortion, green power, the U.S. role abroad, and the poor, but that he will be seen, by virtue of his degree, as having the right ideas.

Apartheid is the unifying theme of coastal aristocracy. Without it, reality would disabuse the grandee of his worldview. Take any tenured Berkeley professor of environmental studies and make his existence hinge on squeezing a daily profit out of a Selma Stop-N-Go, and this gentle brontosaurus would turn into a Tyrannosaurus rex in a nanosecond. Therefore exclusion of all sorts from the underbelly of America is an essential.

One associates with mostly fellow one percenters. One picks and chooses friends on the basis of where they work and where they were educated and the views they hold. A Chevron field job, a University of Idaho degree in sports journalism, a strong aversion to abortion — all this is impermissible. In some Frankenstein-like laboratory, an evil genius cooked up Sarah Palin, whose looks, accent, background, views, and style were designed to enrage the coastal aristocracy.

The people Hanson is talking about would deny that they are aristocrats. They would tell you (and themselves) that they are the elite members of a meritocracy. Maybe not in those actual words, but that is essentially what they believe.

In support of this belief they would point out that membership in their club is not exclusive – anyone can potentially join. All you need is enough money or the right diploma (preferably both). They ignore the fact that the vast majority of them were born into their elite status. In the words of Ann Richards, they were born on third and think they hit a triple.

The world is what it is but it’s not fair. In a true meritocracy our station in life would be determined solely by a combination of our talent and effort. But if that were the case our children would have to compete on equal terms with all the other kids – identical school and career opportunities. We wouldn’t be allowed to give them an extra boost via better schools or job connections.

The redeeming characteristic in our nation is liberty. We are free to seek our dreams, we’re just not guaranteed we will ever realize them. Our aristocrats can lose their status due to things like laziness or dissolution. Our proletarians can aspire to higher station and reach it through talent, effort and/or luck.

It’s not a perfect system. It’s just better than any other system ever devised.


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  1. myiq2xu says:

    Democrats fear Obama group will siphon money from them

    President Barack Obama’s decision to launch his own political organization has some Democrats wondering: Is he just in it for himself?

    Obama’s new group, Organizing for Action, will focus on his policy agenda – not on electing Democratic candidates – by raising unlimited amounts of cash and accessing the president’s secret list of 20 million supporters, volunteers and donors.

    The operation won’t share money, resources or the priceless Obama email list with the Democratic National Committee or campaign committees that help elect members of Congress, governors and legislators. And it has no plans to coordinate efforts, leading some Democrats to worry that it will take money and manpower away from the party as it heads into the 2014 elections for control of Congress.


  2. myiq2xu says:

    Outrage 101: Radical jailed in slay now Columbia prof

    Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, The Post has learned.

    Boudin, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.”

    Boudin’s bounce-back into respectability after her 2003 parole comes to light a week before the release of Robert Redford’s movie “The Company You Keep,” loosely based on the $1.6 million heist.

    Boudin’s status of perp-turned-prof outraged the widow of one of her victims, Brinks guard and dad of three Peter Paige, who was gunned down by her accomplices from the Black Liberation Army on Oct. 20, 1981, in Rockland County.

    Boudin acted as a getaway driver in the heist.

    “She doesn’t deserve a job at all,” said Josephine Paige, 74, when told of Boudin’s posts. “She doesn’t deserve anything, nothing at all. I think she should be back in an institution.”

    • votermom says:

      Columbia is definitely off the list of universities that the kids are allowed to look at.

      In fact, is there a list anywhere of universities / colleges that won’t brainwash kids into becoming vile progbots?

    • wmcb says:

      More proof that so long as one has “the right ideas”, any sin is irrelevant, any means is acceptable. Imagine if Bob Jones University hired a Timothy McVeigh as a professor, and showered him with honors. Ooooh, the OUTRAGE!! This is no fucking different. No different at all.

      The Vile Progs will excuse anything, up to an including cold-blooded murder, if it advances the glorious cause. Once I began to see that about them, I could not unsee it. It turns my stomach. I don’t even give a shit what their publicly stated goals are anymore – I want nothing to do with these people. People who will systemically overlook and excuse all manner of evil are not to be trusted. Ever.

  3. Blessyourheart says:

    Bwaahahaha! This is an April fools joke, right? I mean I know how much you hate negroes, I mean liberals, but even you aren’t THAT stupid to believe this moronic caricature of the Democratic Party are you? You know, the coalition of minority and working class voters? Even if people like this do exist, they are such a tiny fraction they hardly warrant Hensons tired commentary. Just so much more projection from the party of greed. C’mon you morons, you can do better!

    • wmcb says:

      You seem to be confused. The author is speaking of those who drive and control the Democratic Party, not the lowly voters. You weren’t under the impression that your working class minority coalition pulled the strings and set the agenda, were you? LOLOL! Oh, that’s rich. Silly prog.

      And your GREEDY RAAAACCCIIISSST accusations are boring and old hat. Come up with something original.

    • yttik says:

      The use of the word “negro” really sums up vile progism. I assume the intent is to declare how self righteous you are about ending racism and yet rather than actually doing that, the word serves to remind black folks of their place, of how hated they allegedly are. You create what you invest all your energy into and the constant refrains about racism really just serve to create more internalized racism that will hold people back.

    • swanspirit says:

      Byh , those people that form

      the coalition of minority and working class voters

      aren’t allowed to live in the same neighborhoods with the Vile Progs and Limo Libs , You just try knocking on Mika Brzezinski’s door to borrow a cup of sugar . Then again , she may not be home , she vacations frequently in the south of France ,

      • myiq2xu says:

        One of the reasons the rich live, work, shop and dine in expensive places is so they don’t have to rub elbows with the proles (except the ones who wait on them).

        • myiq2xu says:

          The people who sneer at Walmart can afford to shop at Macys.

        • swanspirit says:

          Oh absolutely, and while Mika B. might be the poster girl for Vile Progs and Limo Libs, (in my mind she is, her face just pops up) just exactly who does BlessYourHeart think attends all of those $35,000 a plate dinners that Obama rushes off to when he isn’t paying attention to attacks on Embassies? Vile Progs and Limo Libs, of course.

  4. Blessyourheart says:

    “Hanson, who is of Swedish descent, grew up on a family farm at Selma, in the San Joaquin Valley of California. His mother was a lawyer and judge, his father an educator and college administrator. Hanson’s father and uncle played college football at the College of the Pacific under Amos Alonzo Stagg.[3] Along with his older brother Nils and fraternal twin Alfred, Hanson attended public schools and graduated from Selma High School. Hanson received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975[4] and his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University in 1980”

    Again, project much, hypocrite?

    • myiq2xu says:

      Again, project much, hypocrite?


      • Somebody says:

        Seriously WTF…….I think blessyourheart is trying to make some kind of belated April fools prank. Sadly as usual with blessyourheart it’s an incoherent, venom laced screed.

        It has to be tough to be strung out on blue koolaid all the time, but bless their heart, they try.

        PS blessyourheart…..negroes? Seriously? That term went out in the early 60’s which is apparently where you left your brain if you ever had one.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Obamism is an emotional flight from reality ~ Victor Davis Hanson

        Proven 😉

    • wmcb says:

      BYH is always so angry and sneering. Needs to go do some yoga and balance his Chi or something. That much bile is not healthy.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      The big joke on blessyourheart is the Banana Slug and Cardinal (or Indian) faithful would love to buy back VDH’s credentials if they could, they are so embarrassed he somehow turned out that BAD. Is there an alternate universe in which byh resides most of the time? She/he seems so . . . . . . . out of phase. . . . most of the time.

  5. yttik says:

    That is excellent. The article nailed it.

  6. driguana says:

    However, I’m beginning to worry that there isn’t much anyone can do except let the system crash….the only way to really learn anything here is to let everything fall apart….it will be the only way the “elitists” will learn….even though they will blame everyone but themselves. The “blame game” has become absurd and I have literally stopped watching “the news” on TV…..I’ve taken to reading Emily Dickinson and H.P Lovecraft!!!!! Figured if that doesn’t cover the dichotomy, nothing will!

    • DandyTiger says:

      Good range of reading. Sadly I don’t think they will learn in their deep delusional state. The Krugman’s of the world will just come up with bizarre crazyland reasons for the collapse and somehow blame others, as usual.

      Keep borrowing and printing money forever. You’re a racist if you think there could ever be a problem with that.

    • piper says:

      The problem there is ‘they’ want the system to crash so they can remake it according to their ‘righteous’ view. Cloward-Piven?

  7. yttik says:

    Up here we call the aristocrats trustafarians because they grew up with so much privilege and live off of large inheritances. They really believe they’re with the poor because they’ve sacrificed so much….like they drive a Prius.

    The locals call them all Californians, which is a bad word here. It kind of makes me laugh because we have New York Californians, British Californians, European Californians. It’s not about where you come from, it’s your ideology, your self righteousness, and the fact that you moved here and decided to shape the area into your own image with no regard for local history or culture or people’s needs. They tend to buy luxury homes over looking the airport…and then proceed to petition for noise ordinances and flight restrictions. They immediately go into local politics and never seem to realize that the policies and restrictions they advocate for are the exact same ones that drove them from their previous homes and caused them to want to move here in the first place.

    They will lecture the poor about consumption, preach the evils of capitalism to small business owners, and declare themselves experts on all things related to race.

  8. Here’s another good one in the same vein:


    In a previous article about limousine liberals, I mentioned Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and part owner of The Nation. Although she never shuts the frick up about sticking it to “the wealthy” via higher taxes, this didn’t prevent the sanctimonious multimillionaire from reputedly engaging in a protracted legal battle with the IRS to skirt paying her own inheritance taxes. This icy and passive-aggressive child of stratospheric privilege, who’s never had to work a day in her life yet somehow has deluded herself into thinking she’s qualified to speak on behalf of the working class, is perhaps the most egregious example of a limousine liberal alive today.

    Yet the term “limousine liberal” is a comically extreme understatement in her case. A limousine is far too small to contain her hypocrisy. The term “cruise-liner liberal” is far more apt.

    Every year The Nation sponsors a cruise which liberal activist Jim Hightower once referred to, with apparently not a whit of irony, as “a floating palace of populism.” Never mind that 99% of “the people” would never be able to afford a cabin on this cruise. Nor that The Nation advertised that the cruise offered “a world of comfort and easy elegance” and “all manner of sophisticated amenities” such as “fine chocolates on your pillow at night,” “extra-fluffy Egyptian cotton towels,” and such resolutely bourgeois perks as “all-weather pools, fully-equipped gym, aerobics classes, personal trainers, court sports, jogging tracks, full-service salon, hydrotherapy pool, [and] yoga classes.”

    • yttik says:

      LOL, I like that, “cruise liner liberal.” Quite right, a limousine is far to small to hold all the hypocrisy.

      It wouldn’t be so bad, except these people have a way of projecting their own guilt, issues, whatever, onto others and they never have to live with the results themselves. For example, our parade and fire works are canceled this summer. It turns out that getting rid of the “evil corporation,” has also rid us of many community events and charities. The latte liberals will simply take a cruise or travel to the East coast this summer, us working class schmucks who can’t afford to go anywhere, will simply go without.

      • wmcb says:

        It’s the same mindset that makes them fight against any Big Box stores in the area. Uh. Huh. Yeah, I know those stores have some business practice issues. However, the working class mom of 3 would be thrilled to get cheap diapers and formula by the case, and inexpensive cute sneakers for the kids.

        But these people will lecture her that she really ought to be glad to shop at the “local” free-range organic hemp fair trade sneaker store and pay $200 a pop for some certified guilt free shoes for the kids. Because, really, has she no soul, or compassion?

        No, fuckers, what she HAS is three kids who need shoes and a $10 an hour paycheck.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Several years ago the latte liberals fought Starbucks because they were running mom and pop diners out of business. Now they are part of Starbucks biggest consumer demo. Wish they’d make up their minds 😀

  9. DandyTiger says:

    IOW: I had my butler check; apparently my shit doesn’t stink.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Apparently your butler wants a raise.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Funny, all I heard was unintelligible muffled sounds before he fainted. He’s probably drinking those big sodas I sometimes see the gardeners drinking. Also, those gardeners must splash those sodas all over themselves because I often see them with wet faces and clothes in the afternoon sun. They’re so lucky to be getting all that sun you know. I do hope they use sunscreen. I just got some fabulous sunscreen, and only $500/ounce. It’s organic.

  10. myiq2xu says:
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    If you want to look good and feel good about yourself too:

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Thank you Angie. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      One always wonders (well, this one does) why Oprah established a private girls’ school in South Africa and not in her own native Chicago for downtrodden Black girls with academic promise.

      Could it be that a school in South Africa would get her a chance to meet Nelson Mandela?


      • leslie says:

        I don’t wonder. Oprah is not beloved (benefactress or otherwise) in the downtrodden Black neighborhoods in Chicago. Her school woud have been the target of the gangbangers from one end of the southside to the other. Her school, and her school girls, are much safer in South Africa.

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  13. myiq2xu says:

    Oh shit:

    Dr. Ben Carson, a black Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon and conservative favorite after challenging President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, said Monday on “The Mark Levin Show” that white liberals are “racist.”

    “And you’re attacked in many respects because of your race. You’re not supposed to think like this, and supposed to talk like this. A lot of white liberals just don’t like it, do they?” said Levin, host of the syndicated radio show.

    “Well, they’re the most racist people there are. You know, they put you in a little category, a little box — you have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?” responded Carson.

    Now he gone and done it. It’s on like Donkey Kong.

  14. myiq2xu says:
    • myiq2xu says:
      • DandyTiger says:

        He’s so stunningly delusional. That belief, shared by Krugman and others, explains a lot. An infinite supply of money. Don’t worry, be happy. The whole damn country has no clothes.

    • DandyTiger says:

      He’s from my town. A total blowhard.

    • yttik says:

      They don’t seem to know or care that spending and borrowing so much money is devaluing the dollar and causing all of us little people to have to pay so much more for goods and services. They’re going to “help” by spending all this money, but the “help” we get amounts to tripled gas prices and groceries we can’t afford.

  15. myiq2xu says:

    Hot Air:

    Investigators say Atlanta’s school district orchestrated a culture of cheating to benefit those at the top.

    Nearly 200 educators admitted to taking part in the massive scandal: they tampered with students’ standardized tests and corrected answers to inflate scores. Some teachers had pizza parties to erase wrong answers and circle in the right ones. One principal allegedly handled altered tests wearing gloves to avoid leaving her fingerprints.

    At one middle school, 86 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient in math, compared to 24 percent the year before. Prosecutors say that progress was a criminal mirage.

    “The four principle crimes that are charged in the indictment are the statements and writings, false swearings, theft by taking, and influencing witnesses,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. said.

    Beverly Hall is Atlanta’s retired school superintendent. Her system’s turnaround won her national fame, awards, and more than $500,000 in performance bonuses. But investigators say she pressured teachers and principals to cheat, and punished those who refused. Hall, among those indicted, has denied the charges. A grand jury recommended her bail be set at $7.5 million.

    • yttik says:

      Isn’t that astounding?? I’m really not surprised at all, but it still kind of takes my breath away. That’s like more than 200 adults who went along with it. You would think somebody, anybody would have thought, “hey wait a minute…” That’s one problem with huge Gov organizations however, you can’t fight city hall, so even if you did see something going on, who are you going to tell, what are you going to do about it? When the entire org is involved, this kind of thing simply becomes “policy.”

      • Somebody says:

        I’m shocked that many people went along with it. Trust me there were far more than 200 that knew about it, but chose to turn a blind eye.

        If only the teachers and administrators had put as much care and effort into actually doing their jobs.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I’m guessing that some of them went along to keep their jobs. Not courageous but understandable.

        • I’m not. This is the mentality bred by the extreme left, which includes most union members. They are surrounded all day everyday by the same repetitive rhetoric and they internalize it. They tell themselves they are working around the evil policies of the likes of that monster W. Bush and are doing it “for the kids.” And we wonder why so many of our kids have such poor morals. Well, when they are surrounded by people who spend their live rationalizing to protect their privilege and avoid doing hard work, what do you expect?

      • myiq2xu says:

        Literally, “everybody” was doing it.

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  18. HELENK says:

    words no longer allowed.

    soon Robbery will be wealth distribution
    Murder will be ending possible illnesses and overcrowding

    • lyn5 says:

      I have a 2002 AP Stylebook, and “illegal immigrant” isn’t in it. It must have been in a more recent one.

  19. DeniseVB says:

    For those following the pastor of Obama’s Easter Services controversial sermon…..from a conservative blog ….

    Seems the Rev was taken out of context by pool reporters? Or at least the selective quoting by the press pool, which got picked up by The Bigs, Drudge, et al.

    Shame on them! Wouldn’t you think they’d want to see the whole context of the sermon before sending out red alarms? Then again, the post was written by a friend of Rev. Leon. Oh, who to believe, who to believe !?

    • yttik says:

      Well, according to this post, the good Rev did exactly what was reported!

      “….He made the point that he is frustrated when “captains of the religious right” want to call us back to times they say were better, but that those times were also times when blacks had to sit in the back of the bus, when women were kept in the kitchen and immigrants on their side of the border…..”

      The “context” he seems to want us to understand is that this was allegedly a loving message and people had no right to react to it??

  20. DeniseVB says:

    Thank you Fox News for helping these people get the word out about the imprisoned Pakistani Dr. who helped get OBL….

    I also noticed the WH Petition site now requires 100k signatures up from the 25k to get a response from the administration. Was that because that almost every state that wanted to secede from the union got 25k lickity split ? 😉 Petition aside, these folks are trying to help, good for them…..

  21. HELENK says:

    another case where green overrode red white and blue.
    bribery in mayoral race in NY state

  22. myiq2xu says:

    Chris Matthews: Only Whites Can Be Racists

    The latest pearl of shouted “wisdom” from the most loathsome member of MSNBC’s news-challenged lineup:

    “Actually, Rushbo, racism is the belief that one race — whites — should rule all others. Get your definitions straight!”

    Over to you, Merriam-Webster: Racism – noun – 1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 2 : racial prejudice or discrimination. The best part of the clip is the confident, smirking nature of Matthew’s little lecture. Get your definitions straight, Rushbo! Racism is the exclusive province of whites. Isn’t it fun to be so much smarter and more sophisticated than those igorant knuckle-draggers on the Right, audience? What an ass. And I bet most of his viewers nodded right along. Question: How might Spittle McTingles describe these remarks?

    • HELENK says:

      there is something mentally wrong with tweety tingles

    • SHV says:

      “Racism is the exclusive province of whites.”
      Tell that to the Japanese, Han Chinese or 100’s of other groups around the world. A classic example happened when I was traveling by train across Czechoslovakia just prior to the break up. A family got on the train with four children. The Czech lady that was sitting next to me shook her head and said something about how terrible it was for the children of these “mixed marriages.”. I looked hard but husband and wife looked the same to me. Same thing in China when guides would point to a person and say that they are a “blah..blah, they not Han person”.

      Tingles needs to travel more.

      • HELENK says:

        talk to old time Irish and Italian. Both were immigrating here about the same time and were in competition with one another for jobs.
        where different ethnic people are in competition there will be discord with one another. where one is in higher numbers than the other, there is less competition and less discord between them

      • driguana says:

        We had an Hispanic, female mayor in Santa Fe, Debbie Jaramillo, a number of years ago who once publicly proclaimed that Hispanics could not be racist. Right, ask Hispanics (direct descendants of Spanish ancestors) what they think of Mexicans! Or vice versa…Go to East LA and see just how well Latinos and Blacks get along. Matthews has become a full bore idiot.

    • yttik says:

      It’s kind of creepy how Matthews refers to people as “ignorant knuckle draggers on the right” and declares his intellectual and moral superior to “them.” That is the same kind of separation, othering, and dehumanizing, that has created racism all over the world.

  23. HELENK says:

    EPA has gone from being a protecting agency to an undermining agency.

    we could save all of money and small businesses without them

  24. HELENK says:

    interesting take on the replacement of close family

    • HELENK says:

      ace has more on this

      liberal cop killer now a professor at Columbia


      Conservative brain surgeon is a monster

      • myiq2xu says:

        Recovering former “brain-dead liberal” Evan Sayet has some thoughts that may partly explain this mysterious method of “thought” of the left. He’s written a book called Kindergarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks, which he talks about with the Daily Caller.

        His thesis is that America, since WWII, and until 9/11, has been pretty idyllic. Not much bad has happened — at least not compared to the rest of the world, and the rest of history. This has created a perverse situation in which stupid thinking is sort of permitted to live, protected from hard consequences — stupid thinking will not lead you do death any longer, as it once did.* It might just lead you to a professorship at Columbia.

        * You know how aristocrats showed themselves to be such by wearing clothes with little practical utility? If you wore those flouncy tufts into a smithy, you’d catch fire. But this was the point: To advertise the fact that the aristocrat was not a laboring man. He was elevated above the plane of utility.

        It seems to me there’s a certain ostentatiousness about liberal thinking that is calculatedly non-functional and flouncy itself. By advocating a pattern of thinking that is dismissive of practical consequences, the advocate of such thoughts announces himself as someone so advanced and so well-off that he does not have to consider practical considerations.

        • yttik says:

          That is a really good point. I really notice that the latte liberals never have to suffer the consequences of their own policies, so there’s no need to think about practical considerations. Obamacare is a good example.

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