I didn’t disagree with the basic idea that the younger, Elite-educated crowd tends to cluster in a few Way-Left cities. The writer mentions – San Jose, San Francisco, Washington, Austin, L.A., and New York as the most stratified by occupation.
“The creative class has converted cultural attainment into economic privilege and vice versa. It controls what Jonathan Rauch describes in his new book, The Constitution of Knowledge, as the epistemic regime—the massive network of academics and analysts who determine what is true. Most of all, it possesses the power of consecration; it determines what gets recognized and esteemed, and what gets disdained and dismissed. The web, of course, has democratized tastemaking, giving more people access to megaphones. But the setters of elite taste still tend to be graduates of selective universities living in creative-class enclaves. If you feel seen in society, that’s because the creative class sees you; if you feel unseen, that’s because this class does not.”
I do have some argument with the bolded line – I can’t honestly call what dreck has taken over the media as “Cultural Attainment”. We’ve hardly been living in an age of High Culture. If you turn on your TV, you’d be hard put to find anything worth watching (even Public TV dips heavily into retro, nature, travel, and cooking shows).
Oddly, David Brooks is under the erroneous impression that those in the Elite class can seamlessly move between classes.
Wrong. I’ve been around those people, and – unless you are a privileged minority – you will notice barely-disguised amusement at our taste in music, food, or humor. That is, unless we cross some invisible line, and that amusement turns to horror, disgust, and contempt.
But make no mistake – Brooks is a perfect example of his class – and, his contempt is clear:
“The working class today vehemently rejects not just the creative class but the epistemic regime that it controls. In revolt, populist Trump voters sometimes create their own reality, inventing absurd conspiracy theories and alternative facts about pedophile rings among the elites who they believe disdain them.”
Absurd conspiracy theories? Like Russiagate? The idea that Trump was planning an insurrection? That he was conspiring with Ukraine to get his hands on bribes?
That, underneath every Trump vote lay a white-sheeted, fag-bashing, womyn-oppressing bigot?
That the ONLY reason that we recoil at the violent, destructive riots is because we hate Black people?
That the ONLY reason we want the border defended, and illegal intruders returned is because we’re deeply suspicious of “them foreigners who cain’t even speak good English and take OUR jobs!”
That stereotyping of those who oppose you on principled philosophical grounds is SO last century!
“The bobos believe in human dignity and classical liberalism—free speech, open inquiry, tolerance of different viewpoints, personal autonomy, and pluralism—but our class has not delivered for the people outside it.”
Or, as we-uns would say, they believe in those things for THEMSELVES.
Not for the average person.
There’s a whole lot of that “The only reason you cretins don’t get on board with everything that benefits us and a few of our less-privileged allies is because you’re not smart enough to understand that it’s in your best interest.”
Hint: it’s NOT in our best interest.