Since the 2008 housing bubble crash, there has been a noticeable uptick in hatred for the supposed ‘elite’. The progressive left wants us to metaphorically ‘eat the rich’ by taxing them excessively in an attempt to redistribute wealth to the rest of the population, which sounds good in theory. It’s the Robin Hood theory of taking from the rich to give to the poor, but I question if this would accomplish what they believe it would.
By focusing simply on the amount of money someone acquires, we are lumping in the most successful and beneficial people within our society as being one and the same. We even lie to people by saying if someone is wealthy, it’s due to them somehow ‘stealing’ from the rest of America. We are lacking the clarification between the ‘elite’ and ‘elitists’ and understanding the variations of elites which exist.
Elitists aren’t necessarily part of the economic elite class, and not every member of the economic elite class is an elitist. Generally, the economic elite are people who are in the top percentile of earners within America and among the most economically successful people to ever exist. However, the elite aren’t necessarily the problem; elitists are.
Elitists can be financially wealthy or middle-class income earners. Elitists are people who tend to carry a level of egotism around with them while simultaneously worshipping powerful people and the positions they dwell. They tend to refuse to question people in positions of authority and institutions because they view them as errorless entities. Whether it be a media network, government institution or a random billionaire, they place them on a pedestal and have no problem with their dominance over the peasantry.
Elitists have little empathy for the common American and only reference them when they help to accomplish a greater political objective which benefits them. For example, they may advocate for policies that allegedly help everyone, but when you look into further, it primarily benefits those elitist figures. I’ve seen it a number of times when they use a particular identity group to push for policies which benefit their cause and not the group they claim it’s for.
The economic elite aren’t the only ‘elite’ who matter in this equation. The elite of any influential position is similarly important as the extremely wealthy. The media elite, the political elite and institutional elite are people we should be wary of as well. Hyper focusing on the economic elite has us overlooking influential people who sway discourse and manufacture narratives on a daily basis on behalf of elitists.
This distinction between the types of elite figures is important because it helps to widen our perspective for the people we need to be skeptical about. While money is a signifier of how much power you may be able to leverage, it is not an indicator whether you will use it for malicious purposes, and it is not the only weapon used to gain social & political power.
For the record, I don’t have an issue with wealthy people. By all means, enjoy the fruits of your labor. I know the majority have ended up with their wealth due to contributing something beneficial to society, so I have no problem if they are compensated handsomely for their contributions.
However, I do take issue with wealthy elitists who utilize the government to change the rules which benefit them and habitually pump money through the veins of an increasingly corrupt political system to benefit their class. I take issue with their encouragement for our public servants to act as private servants to the extremely wealthy.
The issue isn’t necessarily income inequality that we should be worrisome of; it’s wealth obstruction.
This article originally appeared in Wrong Think Publishing. Reprinted with permission.
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