Monday, July 4, 2016

The Elites and Their People, the People and Their Elites

Another zinger from Eli Harman:

Elites are naturally less racist, less ethnocentric, more cosmopolitan, than the lower classes. Elites can interact with *other* elites as peers. They don't have to squabble over pieces of pie because they can make pie.

But the lower classes are justifiably racist, nationalistic, xenophobic, because they are in direct competition over resources they don't create, infrastructure, services, social spending, jobs, and so on and so forth. Additionally, the higher impulsivity of the lower classes increases the frictions that arise from differences and proximity. And they can't afford to isolate themselves from these.

The classes can cooperate on common interests. And elites can cooperate with foreign elites. But in order for these two imperatives not to conflict, and for classes not to conflict, elites must stop claiming, defending, exercising, and sacralizing a "right" to betray and sacrifice their lower classes to others.

A people are less without their elites. But elites are nothing without their people.

Time to teach them.
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Quibcag: You can't get much more elite than the ancient Egyptian elite, what with them being gods and all. The illustration is actually from a role-playing game called Eiyuu Senki - Hero’s Saga Laevatein Tactics (英雄戦記レーヴァテイン Eiyuu Senki Laevatein?)

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