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  •  Elites are people who have a need (5+ / 0-)
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    Chi, Orinoco, DBunn, winterbanyan, NCrissieB

    to be better than someone else.  Some of our media elites are quite obvious.

    Perhaps "communal decision" is not a good phrase.  There was/is a well of resentment which grows out of the perception that one's social status has been erased by fiat (civil rights laws) and a consensus that what always seemed right and proper and natural (that some people are better than others) needed to be reasserted.  Money turned out to be a convenient vehicle.
    Also, there's just a smidgen of envy.  You can see it in the story about the day campers being evicted from the pool in Philadelphia.  That they PAID for membership struck some commenters as outrageous.  How could people who'd been supported on welfare and kept as a subordinate class presume to purchase a pool pass??!!!

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 06:22:57 AM PDT

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    •  By your definition, the term 'elite' crosses all (4+ / 0-)
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      Chi, Orinoco, winterbanyan, NCrissieB

      boundaries of social strata - from the religious right who condone killing physicians in the name of God, to the Latino immigrant haters, to the snobs in Philadelphia who don't want those ruffians dunking their white kids in a pool.    

      •  Elites are self-identified as a stratum. (6+ / 0-)

        But, yes, they can be found anywhere.  Mainly, I think, they're insecure people who find it necessary, perhaps even reassuring, to lord it over somebody.

        Achievement doesn't enter into the equation.  Elite is what one is, not what one accomplishes.  The accumulation of money has just become an "acceptable" identifier.  That some people in more traditional subordinate groups are easy to exclude from the accumulating is lagniappe.

        BTW, members of the traditional groups who manage to evade the stricture (for example by trafficking in forbidden drugs) are segregated via the legal system.

        How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

        by hannah on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 06:51:33 AM PDT

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