The new aristocracy, the meritocrats, labor under the delusion that since they have earned, rather than been born into, their privileged state, those lower down the totem pole are there because of their own laziness. Conservative elites dismiss the shiftless, unemployed urban freeloaders and “takers.” Liberals attack the rural working class—those they deem intellectually slow or outright immobile. This ensures that the poor everywhere are dismissed, not as the deserving poor but the deservedly poor.
Who says there’s no bipartisanship left?
Nicholas Skiles, Pedestrian Pleasures.
I commend the full article, which I need to wrestle with a bit more myself.