Elitism or Arrogance

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Lately it seems
as if conservatives have been barraged by insults. Think that climate
change may be natural, you are labeled a denier. Concerned about
the record-breaking deficit, you are a tea bagger or a statist.
Don’t want a mosque built near the site Islamic terrorists
killed over 3000 Americans, you are a racist. Think that the current
administration is taking the country too far to the left, there’s
that racist charge again.

As opposed
to focusing on what is being said, let’s look at who are saying
these things. These comments come from a select group of climate
scientists, or mainstream media commentators and politicians. What
each of these groups have in common is that they seem to think of
themselves as elite.

Elitism is
the attitude or belief that some individuals, by virtue of wealth,
intellect, or training are superior to others. Elitists can be found
everywhere but are most commonly seen in upper management, Hollywood,
academia, the media, and the halls of government. The principal
difference between an elitist and an expert is that experts are
recognized by others for their skill or training whereas elitists
see themselves as superior.

Elitists are
typically agenda driven; they see themselves as fighting for a noble
cause. As such, elitists tend to view themselves as individuals
who are benevolently working for the good of mankind (or for some
elitist groups, womankind).

This self-recognition
and nobility of cause gives elitists a smug self assurance in their
ideas. So much so that they believe that their opinions and ideas
carry as much or more significance than hard evidence. This is best
illustrated by how the elitists of climate science advanced the
idea of anthropogenic global warming (for a thorough history and
understanding of the global warming movement, see the many excellent
articles by climatologist and environmental scientist Dr.
Tim Ball
). These climate elitists hold a belief that human activity
caused a warming of the climate. As elitists, their belief is more
significant than the large amount of data that conflicted with that
belief. So, they ignored, or altered the data as needed to fit their
belief.

Once the considerable
intellect of the elitist has rendered an opinion or an interpretation,
that opinion or interpretation must be right. As such, elitists
tend to remain inflexible to new information or data. They are afraid
that should they change their opinion, then they would have revealed
that they are not infallible, which in turn would put their status
as an elite at risk. For an elitist it is better to be always right
than possibly wrong.

Cerebral
narcissism and smug self assurance

The cerebral
narcissism and smug self assurance that are the hallmarks of elitism
causes elitists to look upon those not considered elite with disdain.
This isolates elitists into small groups of like-thinking members.
This self-imposed isolation, results in a loss of diversity in their
thinking. Just as a lack of diversity in isolated gene pools results
in genetic deformities, the lack of diversity of thought in isolated
intellectual thought pools results in deformed ideas. This form
of group think is nothing more than intellectual inbreeding.

The sense of
nobility that elitists feel for themselves combined with the disdain
they have for the intellectually inferior leads those individuals
or groups that consider themselves to be elite to grant themselves
extra privileges. Like nobility of old, they are above their proclamations.
So when government elites tell you that paying taxes is patriotic,
they exclude themselves from that obligation. When environmental
elitists tell you to change your lifestyle, they do not need to
do so themselves. Their do as I say not as I do mentality is one
of the privileges that they see themselves as entitled to. In reality,
it makes them hypocrites.

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September
1, 2010

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