Monday, February 22, 2010

"Leadership-Class Solidarity is Weaker"

David Brooks, in between raving and whining, does put his finger on something. The new Establishment , with its colossal fortunes, has basically over run the old Establishment, but in its wake has created a kind of anarchy in the ruling class. This makes it difficult to 'get things done'. One wonders where this will lead.

The Protestant Establishment was inbred. On the other hand, those social connections placed informal limits on strife. Personal scandals were hushed up. Now members of the leadership class are engaged in a perpetual state of war. Each side seeks daily advantage in ways that poison the long-term reputations of everybody involved.

1'The Power Elite ' - David Brooks, NYT

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