We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here in the early years of the twenty-first century, the American elite is a walking disaster and is in every way less capable than its predecessors. It is less in touch with American history and culture, less personally honest, less productive, less forward looking, less effective at and less committed to child rearing, less freedom loving, less sacrificially patriotic and less entrepreneurial than predecessor generations. Its sense of entitlement and snobbery is greater than at any time since the American Revolution; its addiction to privilege is greater than during the Gilded Age and its ability to raise its young to be productive and courageous leaders of society has largely collapsed. ...
Many problems troubling America today are rooted in the poor performance
of our elite educational institutions, the moral and social collapse of
our ‘best’ families and the culture of narcissism and entitlement that
has transformed the American elite into a flabby minded, strategically
inept and morally confused parody of itself. Probably the best
depiction of our elite in popular culture is the petulantly narcissistic
Prince Charming in Shrek 2;
our educational institutions are like the Fairy Godmother, weaving
shoddy, cheap, feel-good illusions into a gossamer tissue of flattering
The greatest generation America ever had was the WW2 and post war to the 60's.
It was dynamic, forward thinking (as opposed to 'right' thinking) and not hampered by the strictures of 'PC' and what has now turned into a malign and malignant force....'multiculturism' which seems to possess now within it a curious form of self-loathing which absolutely contains within it the seeds of it's own destruction...like most things malignant.
It is odd that the huddled alien masses that we are compelled by the multicultural faith to invite to our shores do not (singularly) shackle themselves to the 'faith' within their own habitations. ...Maybe I just don't see it the 'right' way. I am open to any reasonable argument.
An additional problem is one simply cannot now talk about such things in such terms without the tag 'racist' or some other 'ism' (which I am not...see I even have to defend myself without an overt attack of the charge, as yet, such is the power of the mind-virus).
I am not American by the way but would have been honoured to be so in times gone by.
I believe the foundation for re-generation exists but not, unfortunately, without some transformational pain in the process.
Of course, this following statement is an over-simplification, and many details and tidbits could be argued ad-infinitum, but in reading Jones' statement, with which I totally agree, I was struck by the fact that is was largely "us", the children of that exceptional generation (or half of "us" at least), who have lived with such comfort and excess, and who have screwed things up to the point at which we deal today. That's truly a reality and it has to be a great disappointment for those of that former generation who are still around to witness what we've created.
I have the "good fortune" to interact with "names" from the Social Register. The comment above is accurate in many ways. They are not productive. They are not interested in forward thinking concepts.
In general, I'm shocked that so many are horrendously LIBERAL. But it makes sense. Liberal philosophy helps to entrench the classes. The indulgent wealthy and connected will maintain their position longer with more government interaction. These people may be useless - but they are not fools.
Good point, Rick. If you have less government intervention, then the brighter, tougher people from the middle and the bottom will have more chance to make it to the top. The government always protects those already in power.
Hmmm.. zis is interestink. Ze conzervative und ze liberal both vant da zame things. Yet zey belong to completely different clubs...
"Conservatives" are really made up of 2 groups: wealthy conservatives who believe they can maintain their position through the market - since it is the market that made them, and less well off conservatives who seek to move up.
"Liberals" are also made up of 2 groups: wealthy liberals (limousine liberals) who see that they will maintain their position longer with government intervention so they mask their true desires as "care for the poor", and the truly poor who like getting stuff for free but have no desire to move up in the world (or at least have given up on that desire).
Liberals have an added "value" for their thought process, because it eases their social conscience, and allows them to paint conservatives as nasty, evil and uncaring.
David Mamet describes the present state of elite thinking as "the herd of independent minds". Tocqueville foresaw that trap laying within an egalitarian democracy: "The more social conditions become equal and the less power individuals possess, the more easily men drift with the crowd and find it difficult to stand alone in an opinion abandoned by the rest. What concerns me in our democratic republics is not that mediocrity will become commonplace, but that it may be enforced."