Nemesis and the elitism of the elites

Much has been written about playwright David Mamet’s coming-out as a conservative and his reasons for so doing, but there is still much gold to be mined from Mamet’s mind.

 

Today’s National Review Online revisits Mamet in this stellar piece by Matthew Shaffer that contains this one gem that perfectly encapsulates some of the alphabetized mindsets encountered and challenged on this blog:

“But liberalism, Mamet thinks, is dismantling culture. The problem is that “the Left today is essentially an elitist movement, and it has invested a lot of time and money in the idea that they know better.” Elites have been led to think “by getting the grades, and getting into good schools and think-tanks and government positions that they are fit” to reorder society more rationally. But this requires first demolishing the order produced by the organic processes of tradition, democracy, and markets — the culture. Why are some so susceptible to this fatal conceit? “They get out of elite schools being told nothing but, ‘You’re the best.’” Hubris — a dramatist’s area of expertise. (The liberalism of his own elite group, the literati, he blames on “devotion to fantasy — this sort of Manichean view.”)

 

You can read the entire article here: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/270190/david-mamet-s-exodus-matthew-shaffer

 

Keep this in mind when considering the role that the Maryland school system has now openly assumed for itself as an indoctrination center for Liberal elitist belief systems, by requiring that all students must pass an “environmental literacy” test before being allowed to graduate.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-board-of-education-approves-environmental-literacy-graduation-requirement/2011/06/21/AGW53xeH_story.html

 

To reiterate what I’ve posted before, there is nothing scientific about “environmentalism” or “environmental sciences”, just as there is nothing scientific about “political science”. It is indoctrination, pure and simple, targeted toward the destruction of prevailing belief systems and culture.

 

I think that this will backfire. Eventually forced to confront reality in the age of the internet, students will eventually realize when they have been corrupted and degraded by Leftwing ideologues and I predict that their reaction will be harsh. In the end, it is this narcissistic hubris of the Leftwing elites that will destroy them. I have no doubt that the students that today provide such ready fodder for indoctrination today will eventually turn on their teachers with the retribution of nemesis. It will be a cultural revolution.

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  1. Charles Martel says

    The liberal edifice is crumbling grain by grain. An old friend of mine, a very good writer who is extremely liberal, sent me a copy of a Geert Wilders speech about the dangers of Islam, asking me for a quick reaction. He labeled his e-mail to me “Netherlands Party of Freedom—Scary!”

    I read the speech and replied that nothing Wilders said was a fabrication or off the mark. I pointed out to him the horrendous rise in rapes and honor killings in Muslim parts of Europe, and the virtual imposition of sharia law in some Swedish and British cities, and the outskirts of Paris. 

    I told him that I keep a copy of the Qu’ran by my bedside and often read it before dropping off to sleep, searching in vain for something beyond the most tedious recitation of the various bad ends Allah has in store for people. In short, I said, Islam is antithetical to every thing we hold dear in the West—women’s equality, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, science, an independent judiciary, and so on. Islam has violence and hatred built into its bones.

    His response was gratifying. He said, “I had been coming around to that key core phrase ‘built into its bones’ but you know we damn liberals are always so slow to make up our minds about pulling the trigger.” I think he and many, many others like him are shedding the scales off their eyes and, like Mamet, coming to realize the rubble of lies they’ve been trapped under all these years.

  2. Danny Lemieux says

    Funny that you should put it that way, Charles M.
     
    An Assyrian Christian I know, who’s family was forced to flee Iraq, explained Islam and the Qu’ran to me in this very succinct manner: “It’s all about sex and violence”.

  3. jj says

    I hate to fire an RPG into your optimism, Danny, but you reminded me of something.  I’ll quote at you:
     
    “The dullest wire services the world has ever seen fill their little monopoly newspapers with self-congratulatory pap.  Their radio is unspeakable.  Their television is geared to a minimal approval by thirty million of them.  And anything thirty million people like, aside from their more private functions,is bound to be bad.  Their schools are group-adjustment centers, fashioned to shame the rebellious.  Their churches are weekly votes of confidence in God.  Their politicians are enormously likable,never saying a cross word.  The goods they buy grow increasingly more shoddy each year, though brighter in color.  For those who still read, they make do, for the most part Uris, Wouk,and others of that same witless ilk.  Their magazine fare is fashioned by nervous committees…. there is no one left to ask them a single troublesome question.  Such as: Where have you been, and where are you going, and is it worth it.  And they fill out an enormous number of forms every year, humbly and sincerely.  Each one is given a number to use all his life.  Are they going to be awakened by a kiss?”
     
    And then, of course, the money quote, of which you reminded me: “Virginia, dear, through the strange alchemy of the gods, there are a disproportionate number of kids coming along these days with IQs that are soaring toward a level too high to measure.  These kids have very cold eyes.  They are the ones who, one day, will stop playing with transistors, diodes, and microcircuitry and look at Barrentown and start asking the rude questions.  Or build a machine that will ask.”
     
    John D. MacDonald wrote that in 1963.  Where’d those smart, cold-eyed kids go?  How’d we end up with what we seem to have?  MacDopnald wrote that, as noted in 1963.
     
    Eventually forced to confront reality in the age of the internet… You wrote that an hour ago.  A very similar message 48 years later, it strikes me.
     
    I’ll hope you’re right – but you’ll understand if I don’t plan on holding my breath.
     
     

  4. says

    but you know we damn liberals are always so slow to make up our minds about pulling the trigger.”

    No. Libs are slow at making up their minds, yes, because they need to find ways to cover their arse when they tell OTHER PEOPLE to pull the trigger.

  5. Libby says

    Take a look at who is behind Maryland’s new environmental literacy requirement, the No Child Left Inside Coalition: http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=688. This is a national organization attempting to institute something similar in all 50 (or is it 57?) states. This is in direct response to the No Child Left Behind act that places a greater emphasis on reading and math, which they feel forces many schools to abandon environmental education programs. They also attempt to link environmental education to solving childhood obesity (as in: more outside lessons & field trips=inspiring chubby kids to partake in more outside activities). If you look at the list of it’s supporters in the Senate & Hose, it’s all “D’s”.
     

  6. abc says

    “But liberalism, Mamet thinks, is dismantling culture. The problem is that “the Left today is essentially an elitist movement, and it has invested a lot of time and money in the idea that they know better.” Elites have been led to think “by getting the grades, and getting into good schools and think-tanks and government positions that they are fit” to reorder society more rationally. But this requires first demolishing the order produced by the organic processes of tradition, democracy, and markets — the culture. Why are some so susceptible to this fatal conceit? “They get out of elite schools being told nothing but, ‘You’re the best.’” Hubris — a dramatist’s area of expertise. (The liberalism of his own elite group, the literati, he blames on “devotion to fantasy — this sort of Manichean view.”)”

    Elites have always known better.  Elites have always been, on average, wealthier, better educated, better connected, etc.  Mamet is part of the elite, although he pretends not to be.  And the elite are not homogeneous in ideology, although both ideologues on the right and left pretend as though they are.  What nonsense this is.  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have more in common with the Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdoch than with the average American.

    Study after study has shown how little the conservatives listening to talk radio or watching Fox News know.  These studies have shown that their knowledge is actually quite low on a host of issues, from the famous Iraq-AlQaeda connections to the deficit impact of Obamacare to basic facts on global warming.  So if the elites know more than the common man, apparently the conservative common man knows the least of all.  Now, you can look at those studies and see the facts, or you can make up nonsense about how those pesky facts are not really facts at all, but a false construct of the Left.  I’m sure it makes you feel better…and ignorance is bliss, as they say…

  7. Charles Martel says

    abc, as one of several people on this site who are at least as smart as you, and certainly better read, I have to say. . .

    Hold on. What? Hannity says what? He’s ordered us not to talk about that?

    Rush says so, too?? Shoot!

    Never mind, abc.

  8. says

    Check that out. The curtain falls and you see who the Wizard really is.

    A doesn’t have enough knowledge on Iraq to judge a SPITOON let alone anyone else’s knowledge base. Case closed.

    The elites that operate based upon the assumption that they know more than the peasants, end up eating their own blood when they discover the peasants knew more about the country’s actual state than the elites did. Why can’t they just eat cake then, so said the elites.

  9. Charles Martel says

    PS, abc: The true sign of a witless man is when somebody who is qualified to do so is talking about him, but he cannot see himself in the description:

    Elites have been led to think “by getting the grades, and getting into good schools and think-tanks and government positions that they are fit” to reorder society more rationally. But this requires first demolishing the order produced by the organic processes of tradition, democracy, and markets — the culture. Why are some so susceptible to this fatal conceit? “They get out of elite schools being told nothing but, ‘You’re the best.’” Hubris — a dramatist’s area of expertise.

  10. Danny Lemieux says

    ABC, thank you for inadvertently presenting such compelling evidence for the prosecution. 

    As for…”Study after study has shown how little the conservatives listening to talk radio or watching Fox News know.”, you really, really don’t know, do you? Are you really so self-unaware or are you leading us on?

  11. abc says

    Y goes on about eating cake, forgetting that the elites were bailed out on Wall Street and now are collecting record bonuses…this time earned on a spread between low-risk asset yields and the Fed’s gift of zero-interest loans.  We are witnessing proof that the elites know better, as measured by their ability to obtain socialized losses, privatized gains and watered-down regs, but you are not seeing it.

    As for Iraq, it doesn’t matter if I am an expert or not.  The experts concluded that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and the Al Qaeda attack, and the Bush Administration was forced to admit as much (http://www.correntewire.com/the_mother_of_all_walkbacks_bush_admits_iraq_had_nothing_to_do_with_9_11), yet conservatives continue to hold onto the false belief.  For more on this, see:

    http://www.pipa.org/OnlineReports/Iraq/IraqMedia_Oct03/IraqMedia_Oct03_rpt.pdf

    (summarized on Politifact as follows:  “Misperceptions, The Media and The Iraq War” study, 2003. This study focused on the Iraq War and the lead-up to it. It asked three questions: “Is it your impression that the U.S. has or has not found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein was working closely with the al-Qaida terrorist organization?” “Since the war with Iraq ended, is it your impression that the US has or has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction?” And whether, “The majority of people favor the US having gone to war.  On these questions, Fox clearly did the worst among the major news outlets. The “misperception rate” for Fox was 45 percent. The highest for other news outlets was CBS News at 36 percent; those with lower “misperception rates” included CNN, ABC, NBC, the print media and NPR/PBS, which was lowest at 11 percent.”)

  12. abc says

    Danny,

    Politifact just did an analysis of this, showing that the average Fox viewer is not well informed and less well-informed than those terribly liberal NPR listeners.  While Politifact found that certain shows on Fox do have better-informed viewers, the average Fox News watcher remains at best average, versus much higher results for those liberals listening to NPR, watching PBS, etc.  Pew and the University of MD have been doing these studies for years, and they all find the same thing. 

  13. Danny Lemieux says

    Yes, ABC:
    In fact, here is the study that you cited  – look to PolitiFacts evaluation of the 2010 Elections coverage, as it gives a pretty good summation of the inherent biases in such surveys.
    If you look at FNC as compared to the other cable networks, FNC scores very high and has much better viewership. In sheer numbers, the number of informed FNC viewers dwarf the numbers of viewers on other channels.
    I should point out that not all of FNC programs and commentators are conservative, btw. Shep Smith, anchor for a prime time news program, is a flaming Liberal.
    Your comparison of NPR with Fox News is apples and oranges (one is TV, the other radio). A better comparison would be how NPR listeners compare to Rush Limbaugh listeners in an unbiased survey. Can you show us some numbers?

  14. says

    A somehow thinks that if Fox News is dumber, then A becomes smarter.

    Someone remind me again how A’s performance against us here improves because A thinks somebody else is dumber than him, again?

    That’s not to mention that A shows his ignorance and cult fetishes in sucking up Leftist propaganda through a straw. Come on, through a straw, A? Find some more refined way to slobber over your masters’.

    Just what the hell does A know about Iraq anyways. Other than what he got told by his “elitist” murderers and ACORN child prostitution importers.

    What did Ted Kennedy tell A, really?

  15. Danny Lemieux says

    I really don’t have the heart to explain to ABC that George Bush never, ever claimed that there was an Iraq- Al Qaeda connection. So much for the informed NPR listener.

    It would be like reciting Martin Luther’s 95 theses to a Polynesian stone fertility statue [ http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5105408 ].

    Does anyone else have the time or energy?

  16. Charles Martel says

    I watch Fox. I remember them mentioning something about Martin Luther having a 95-inch thesis! 

    Don’t know about Vitters, though.  

  17. abc says

    Whoops.  Let’s read the cite that Danny thinks vindicates Fox News watchers:

    On the ’07 study:  “Finally, the 34-to-39 percent group included the network evening news shows; online news discussion blogs; Fox News Channel; local television news; and the network morning shows.

    Now, let’s analyze the data.

    Fox isn’t last on the list, although it’s close — 35 percent of Fox viewers earned a high knowledge rating, which was tied with local television news and was one point ahead of the network morning shows.

    However, Fox’s 35 percent score places it exactly at the national average. This seems paradoxical — Fox ranks near the bottom of a long list of media outlets, yet it sits right at the national average. But there’s an explanation. Lots of respondents reported following none of the media outlets they were asked about, and those respondents did quite poorly on the knowledge quiz — not surprisingly. That meant that the non-media-using respondents brought down the national average, but they didn’t constitute a separate category that ranked lower than Fox on Pew’s chart.”

    Wow. Average in a country of uninformed people.  I guess that’s like being the thinnest kid at fat camp…  But still well below watchers of Stewart, Colbert and the PBS News Hour.

    On the ’08 study:  “Once again, Fox News was just about at the national average — 19 percent of Fox viewers scored in the high knowledge category, compared to 18 percent of all respondents…”

    On the ’10 study:  “Once again, Fox News as a whole ranked fairly low among regularly used media outlets — 20 percent answered all four correctly and 18 percent answered three correctly. Still, those numbers beat the national average of 14 percent and 20 percent, respectively.”

    Just more of the same…Fox at or near the bottom amongst media outlets.

    As for your comments, we can use the PBS News Hour as the television proxy for NPR, and it consistently scores higher than even the best-performing show’s audiences on Fox (e.g., O’Reilly), which shows you that the well-informed liberals are much better informed than the best and brightest watching the best of Fox News.

    On the number of viewers, it really doesn’t matter.  You have to look at percentages rather than absolute numbers in order to determine the likelihood of finding an informed person.  If you don’t get this, you don’t really understand stats either…which would explain your own inability to process lots of facts thrown out by myself or Z.  No wonder you can cling to that false narrative without the cognitive dissonance blowing your ears out!

    And as for Shep, having a token liberal cannot distract from the clear propagandist strategy at Fox.  He is like the “Fair and Balanced” moniker that is designed to project an image of even-handedness that doesn’t exist.  The network has a long email and paper trail of using the network to promote GOP candidates and conservative ideas even when they are flawed.  For example, emails went down telling everyone on Fox to always call global warming “a theory of climate change” and hasten to add that the data is contested.  This kind of nonsense only happens at an organization that is interested in promoted a point of view rather than following the facts wherever they lead.  Watching Fox News is like listening to the local sportscaster call a sports event–he gets much more excited when the home team is winning, and he questions only the ref calls that hurt his hometown favorite.  That is not news.  It is propaganda.  Fox has raised it to an art form.  That their viewers are below-average informed (amongst those that consume news media) makes it easier for them to continue such techniques.  And the conservatives claim that liberals use Alinsky tactics.  Those are crude compared to what Fox, Murdoch and Ailes have built.

  18. abc says

    Well, if you mean the plumbing in my house, I call a plumber, whose expertise lies in that area.  What I want to know is what others here do, since they don’t recognize the authority of experts and likely call the same guy to handle the backed-up plumbing as they’d call to do their open heart surgery.  Maybe that’s a cardiac surgeon or maybe that’s a witch doctor, but it is apparently the same person in both cases. 

  19. says

    A cares a lot about “scores”. Obvious why. Their elitist F buddies set the scores. Why wouldn’t they want you to play by their rules when they have the rules fixed.

    In the real world, however, results aren’t determined by rules. They’re determined by ability and getting work done. Two things that Leftist elitists and A wannabe elitist totalitarians, don’t have.

  20. SADIE says

     
    When all else fails …. bring on the music or as Charles Martel says: “What about Vitters”
     
    Banana, fana fofana, fie fi, fo fana -tickle.

    Tickle, tickle, fofickle, fie, fi, fo fickle, fanatical.

  21. JKB says

    Just last night I was finishing The Most Powerful Idea in the World when I came across this sentence in a discussion of the economic impacts of increases in useful knowledge, i.e., the industrial revolution:  ”A literate population bound by the rule of law and exhibiting middle-class behaviors such as deferral of gratification and low levels of corruption is as valuable to a nation as it is to a business firm.”

    Is there any doubt that the liberal “changes” in culture have undermined literacy, the rule of law, and middle-class behaviors by promoting instant gratification and cronyism.

    As I’ve read the book, I’ve come to believe that the liberal elite are for some crazy reason trying to undermine the entire industrial revolution.  The innovators have been a direct threat to the elite.  Some innovators have been co-opted to fit into the elite but always, the leach class knows that the innovators have altered the world for the better of mankind and they, the leaches, can only destroy.

  22. Danny Lemieux says

    JKB, that’s an excellent insight. The question is, why? 

    Do the Liberal elites secretly aspire to rule as intellectual caudillos over a third-world cesspool?

    I seriously wonder if we aren’t reverting to Third-World status. Some of the Libs that I know (including family members) certainly would deserve it, as they certainly don’t deserve the sacrifice of blood, sweat and tears their ancestors shed to provide them their freedom today.

    JJ recently wrote an excellent riff on the concept of “entitlement” that summed up very nicely why a sense of entitlement is not far removed from serfdom:

    http://www.bookwormroom.com/2011/06/22/socialisms-cul-de-sac-how-will-america-respond/#comment-126259 

    Too many people in our society have replaced the need for personal responsibility with a sense of entitlement that will forever imprison them with their hands out, ever dependent upon the kindness of strangers.

    So like Greece. So…Third Word!

  23. Gringo says

    abc
    Study after study has shown how little the conservatives listening to talk radio or watching Fox News know.
    I would point out  regarding your meme that “conservatives know so little,” that you do not do so well in the knowledge department at this blog compared to those who comment here.
     
    I refer to the discussion on STEM.
     
    I also refer to your following comment:
    Gringo, Please show that Dems are more likely to have safe seats.  I still think you play fast and loose with your data to make your points.  Sorry, but even a few data points doesn’t show much, nor do comparisons of partial lists…
    I won that exchange big time, as I had two studies to back my assertion up, involving comparisons of all the 435 Congressional Districts in the US. So much for “a few data points.”  Game, set, match. Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignorant wingnuts and the oh-so-knowledgeable abc. Tell me another one.

    abc, when you accuse others of ignorance, without any links, when you are somewhat lacking yourself in the knowledge department,  in contrast to what you claim you know, you lose credibility. I think to myself, “There abc goes again.”
     
    Regarding ignorant conservatives, I would ask you: which Party wins the high school dropout vote?

    The “ignorant wingnut” meme compared to the oh-so-knowledgeable libs  is at least as as old as Adlai and Ike. Please come up with fresher theme, please.

    One consequence of the Stimulus was that  the governing elite lost credibility.  Unemployment became worse with the Stimulus than the  governing elite- including Ph.D. economists – predicted unemployment would be without the Stimulus. If the  elite knows so much better than the  hoi polloi, then why were the results of the Stimulus so different from what the elite predicted they would be? The conclusion that I and many made was that the so-called elite who pushed for the Stimulus didn’t know their coccyx from their ulna. In academic, i.e., polite terms.
     
    “We need to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Governing elite speaking. You shouldn’t read it before you vote for it?  So much for the elite speaking. I didn’t notice much objection from the non-governing lib elitists about SanFran Nan’s statement.
     
    http://www.bookwormroom.com/2011/06/06/if-he-was-a-conservative-he-would-have-resigned/#comment-124911
     
     

  24. says

    Too many people in our society have replaced the need for personal responsibility with a sense of entitlement that will forever imprison them with their hands out, ever dependent upon the kindness of strangers.

    I think it is more like aristocratic patronage. You do whatever your patron tells you, because your patron pays for your living expenses and the “wage” is not set by the market. You are lucky to even have a patron. You don’t get to “get a raise”. If the aristocrat wants to raise your living stipend, he’ll do it, just like SEIU unions. You’re glad for what you get every year. And you will beat the snot out of anyone that he tells you to or else be thrown out of your home with just the clothes on your back.

    In this America, many people don’t want to be free. They want to be slaves. They want the Master, the Aristocrat, to tell them what is going on. They want the “Elites” to decide things as primary importance and “take care” of the slaves. The recruiting drive doesn’t talk about becoming slaves or serfs, however. The recruiting drive is slick, just like cults. It’s “Good For You”, they say. You’ll like it, they say. Up until you get in the cult and find out you can’t leave any more.

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