“The people who suffer from this syndrome have been labeled by many other Americans as overeducated elitist snobs. The OES syndrome does not manifest itself like Margaret Dumont playing society lady to Groucho Marx. Overeducated elitist snobs may even be self-deprecating about their cultural preferences. They just quietly believe that they and their peers are superior to the rest of the population, intellectually and in their nuanced moral sensibility.”Don’t miss that last part. This is an attitude that is often totally hidden. It is so sincere that the Elitist does not even realize what it is to look someone in the eye. They think everyone looks down their nose. The Progressives who run the agencies of government, education, the major foundations and charities feel that they know what is best for you. They know you need to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. They know that you don’t need a large soft drink. They know that you don’t need such a long, hot shower. They know that fried foods are bad for you. And they have the power to do something about it.
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “They are from the Regulators and they are here to help you.”
Murray, Charles. Coming Apart. New York: Crown Forum, 2012, Kindle Highlight Loc. 1473-76.
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