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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An elite protected by tough men willing to undergo hardship, taking advantage of their cocooned existence to mock and subvert their defenders' values

Bryan Caplan leads off:

Unlike many readers of Coming Apart, you don't have to convince me that I live in a Bubble. I've known it for decades. In fact, I think my 3-out-of-20 score on the "How Thick Is Your Bubble?" quiz greatly overstates my integration into American society. I live in a Bubble Within a Bubble.

You might even call it my Imaginary Charter City. I'm not just surrounded by Ph.D.s; I'm surrounded by libertarian economics Ph.D.s. I'm not just unfamiliar with NASCAR; I forget the very existence of professional sports for months at a time. I don't just watch shows for yuppies; I manage my entertainment to make sure that I never hear a commercial. In my world, Alex Tabarrok is more important than Barack Obama, Robin Hanson is more important than Paul Krugman, and the late Gary Gygax is more important than Jeremy Lin... whoever that might be.

Unlike most American elites, I don't feel the least bit bad about living in a Bubble. I share none of their egalitarian or nationalist scruples. Indeed, I've wanted to live in a Bubble for as long as I can remember. Since childhood, I've struggled to psychologically and socially wall myself off from "my" society. At 40, I can fairly say, "Mission accomplished."

The objection to Caplan's position, as Steve Sailer and others point out in some follow-up postings, is that he espouses an open-borders position that guarantees his fellow Americans lower on the food chain do not get their own Bubble Within A Bubble.

Which leads us to Occupy Wall Street, reinvigorated now that the weather has warmed.

Steve Sailer points out their unintentionally ironic poster:


Very apt, considering that ballet would not exist but for the high-culture dollars spent by wealthy capitalists and their wives. And how much of the Left's cherished social welfare and wars for democracy would exist but for the Fed and its primary dealers network as the buyers of first and last resort for government debt? A Wall Street bull supporting a ballerina, indeed.

As is becoming increasingly obvious, the Left is no longer about such things as the working class, ethnic pride or environmentalism. Increasingly, the Left is about asserting, as Sailer puts it, "one's expensive cultural refinement over the hicks." This assertion takes a number of forms. Only upper percentile knowledge workers can gentrify an inner city and take over an in-town school district; the proles have to hoof it to the exurbs to find a decent neighborhood. Academic economists in highly zoned college towns can generate models to show how open borders raise GDP to the skies and makes us all millionaires; they didn't scrimp and save to buy more house than they could afford, only to see their property value crater as the tide of global blue-collar washes in.

1 comment:

Cowboy said...

The objection to Caplan's position, as Steve Sailer and others point out in some follow-up postings, is that he espouses an open-borders position that guarantees his fellow Americans lower on the food chain do not get their own Bubble Within A Bubble.

As Peter Brimelow has pointed out, White workers in particular and White people in general are being REPLACED, that was the aim of Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965.

Mr Caplan is just one of millions who work to make that final goal reality, and it is getting closer every day.

Nothing by chance.

http://blog.vdare.com/archives/2009/01/23/a-rangel-coached-by-a-reich-bad-news-for-americas-whites/
23 January 2009
A Rangel coached by a Reich: Bad News for America’s whites

http://www.youtube.com/v/opxuUj6vFa4