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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Why Is the Ruling Class So Confident?

Lexington Green at ChicagoBoyz asks:

Why does the Ruling Class, using Codevilla’s term, have such strong cultural confidence?

And what can we do to undermine it?

One reason for the confidence of the Ruling Class is that there are a handful of issues where they actually have some evidence (best example: evolution vs. creationism).

Every time a conservative asks “If humans came from apes, why are there still apes?” the Ruling Class gains more confidence.

Every time a conservative claims that top tax rates have increased since the 1950s, the Ruling Class gains more confidence.

Every time a conservative claims that immigration raises crime rates (in terms of malum in se rather than malum prohibitum), the Ruling Class gains more confidence.

Every time a conservative claims that the economies of “blue states” are being kept afloat by federal subsidies (the “blue-state” governments might need the subsidies; their economies are paying for the subsidies), the Ruling Class gains more confidence.

One last point: Everything they're right about enables them to be wrong about a host of other things.

The way to undermine it is to be more careful about what you're saying and look at what might be wrong about the beliefs of your allies.


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