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.
The problem the New Class faces at this point is the psychological and social self-perceptions of a status group that is alienated (as we marxists say) from traditional labor by its semi-privileged upbringing. It is, for the moment, insistent not just on white-collar work as its birthright and unable to conceive of much else. It does not celebrate the dignity of labor; it conceived of itself as existing to regulate labor. So it has purified itself to the point that not just any white-collar work will do. It has to be, as Michelle Obama instructed people in what now has to be seen as another era, virtuous non-profit or government work. Those attitudes are changing, but only slowly; the university pipelines are still full of people who cannot imagine themselves in any other kind of work, unless it means working for Apple or Google.
maybe over time they will let their inner Tea Party come out and help thwart the Upper New Elite.
I have always wondered what the consequence of all the returning veterans. Will more of them become involved in politics than on average?
This precise group was identified by Eric Hoffer as the perfect recruiting ground for totalitarian mass movements: the ones who think they should be "elite" but aren't. The thought that just a quick shove to the political system will put them on top is very hard to resist.
Should we worry yet? The Democrats now have encampments of potentially violent fanatics in every major city in the country.
I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce, and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelaine.
Letter to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780
We hear that now children may not live better than their parents. That put me to mind of the above quote. If we examine that quote, we are now at the third generation stage. But unless granddaddy and daddy built a lasting family fortune, the poor grandchildren really can't exceed their parents with those subjects of study. Yet, we have entirely to many art history majors, -studies majors, poetry and literary theory majors. But unless you have an in to some establishment ran by the father or grandfather, you aren't going to make a lot of money following your dream with those credentials.
"It does not celebrate the dignity of labor; it conceived of itself as existing to regulate labor."
I have a suggestion - perhaps they should all go to Alabama where there is a shortage of labor to harvest crops - this due to the new law targeting illegal immigrants. They would learn a perhaps valuable life lesson.
The Adams quote is very apt....unfortunately, too many of those who think their destiny should be "Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelaine" have no particular talent for any of these fields and are not willing to seriously work at them. Rather, they prefer to practice an aristocratic dilettantism and believe that they should receive sinecures for so doing.