In Big Politics They’re Almost All “Elitists”

I’ve been reading news stories almost every day for well over a year now and the one writer/commentator who I have really come to respect and enjoy reading is Roland S. Martin.  He just strikes me as having this really “no nonsense” mentality about politics and in general I think he remains relatively unbiased.  Further more I love his straight forward writing style that gets right to the point.  Today Martin has a great piece about elitism and American politics that I think could be a pretty beneficial read for anybody who has the slightest interest in the presidential race.  Good job Mr. Martin, I truly appreciate it.

~ by Nathaniel on April 16, 2008.

3 Responses to “In Big Politics They’re Almost All “Elitists””

  1. Elitism doesn’t bother me. A stacked deck and eroding meritocracy does. Aside from the personal connections that you make at an Ivy League institution, I don’t think they have the same kind of prestige they held a generation or two ago. Law Schools, however, (so far as I know) don’t let favors come into play when placing applicants. So, if you have a Yale law degree, that’s probably worth bragging about a little and probably means you’re a pretty sharp person. Sharper than the bioinformaticist who uses super computers to parse DNA? Probably not. Primed for a career in politics? Probably.

  2. I tend to agree completely. I think that, in general, elitism has been given a negative connotation that it does not deserve. There are many smart and learned people in the world who have worked hard to earn such status. To treat their superior qualities as a fault or weakness is in all honesty just foolishness. But on the other hand I think that it is important that we do not let elitism assume the belief of overall greater human value, as others, who may not fall into the category of the elite, are still very much of worth in this world. Being a self proclaimed humanist I believe that it is essential that we recognize and respect each other’s differences and similarities. Do not stifle skill and knowledge but instead find ways in which to appreciate its worth to the whole human community.

  3. Speaking of the distinction between an Ivy League law degree and science, here’s some elitism at work (on both sides).

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