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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

What Do You Mean “Educated Class”?

A column by David Brooks has created a splash, much of it based on the following paragraphs:

The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.

The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.

The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.

This “educated class” believes in ideas that range from dubious to preposterous. I'd like to know what the criteria are for membership. I'm reminded of a quote from G. H. Hardy:
Have you noticed how the word `intellectual' is used nowadays? There seems to be a new definition which certainly doesn't include Rutherford or Eddington or Dirac or Adrian or me. It does seem rather odd, don't y'know.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dave M said...

What it take to be educated is to pay old hippies to lecture you. The more you pay, the longer you sit through it, and the more credulous you are, the more education you get.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Anton Sherwood said...

My favorite line from Hardy: It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.

4:41 PM  

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