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.
How has this changed? Prior to WWII, no Ivy was intellectually elite. They served the ruling class, socializing its young savages and organizing mating trips to the Seven Sisters. This was still going on until the 1970s when they went co-ed. Occasionally, and inadvertently, someone got educated. But that was hardly the point.
By the way, until surprisingly recently (20 to 30 years?) Yale led all colleges and universities with the number of football All-Americans. Also, legend has it that a Harvard coach strangled a bulldog puppy (an Eli) during one half-time to fire up the lads.
Elite, but not meritocratic other than by breeding, WASP and all that.
Notice of conflict of interest: I am a French-Canadian Catholic by descent with some high-church, low-life WASP. Also went to a notorious commuter school.