Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Quote of the day - the new clerisy


From Joel Kotkin in New Geography:

These middle income workers increasingly do not work for the private economy; they occupy quasi-public jobs dependent on public dollars than private markets. Universities, a core Democratic constituency have been hiring like mad: between 1987 and 2011, they added 517,636 administrators and professional employees, or an average of 87 every working day.

This educated and often well credentialed middle class tends towards progressive politics; in fact, university professors have become ever more leftist, outnumbering conservatives six to one. Indeed, those voters with advanced degrees were the only group of whites by education to support Obama in 2012.

In modern America, these people serve largely as a clerisy, hectoring the public and instructing them how to live. A bigger state is not a threat to them, but a boon. No surprise that public unions and academics have emerged as among the largest and most loyal donors to Democrats.

Yes, and we've the very same - call it 'common purpose', call it the 'new establishment' - in the UK. They have The Guardian on the kitchen table and a carefully crafted set of progressive opinions that somehow combine extreme snobbery with a pretence of caring. And boy do these folk hector us about how to live our lives!


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