Class Divide

Washington Post Henry Allen opines that the “knowledge class” is contemptuous of the “factory class” in our country.  This notion is in line with Charles Murray’s Belmont vs. Fishtown thesis in his recent book Coming Apart.  Some of Allen’s opinion is misplaced, but there is no denying that we have a plethora of intellectuals who have lots of hypotheses but little practical experience trying to foist all manner of controls on how we lead our lives.  Knowledge is certainly the underlying basis of wealth and prosperity.  The standard of living of those who use their muscles only is the same as that of a medieval blacksmith, the rest flows from the ideas and the rational thought that puts them into practice.  But to allow the nags and busybodies to rule us establishes a new aristocracy.  No more kind than the ones of yesteryear.

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