David Brooks reveals his disdain for most Americans in this NYTimes op-ed.
It is important when developing your opinions to gather facts and expose your mind to what others have concluded. I highly recommend you read this David Brooks' op-ed so you may gain insight to the superiority complex that so afflicts the political left in this country. Sometimes I wonder about the psychology of people who gravitate to and define the left, i.e. how on earth do they arrive at such lofty opinions of themselves and demand that everyone else is just stupid?
I found the answer some months ago. It's called the Dunning-Kruger effect:
Definition on Wikepedia
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it". The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average, much higher than actuality; by contrast the highly skilled underrate their abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to a perverse result where less competent people will rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence because competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. "Thus, the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."
So, those who disagree with Mr. Brooks on the policies and role of government are not the 'educated class?' Hmmmm....let me see what he means by that.
This is my "educated opinion" of what he means. As an example of what our higher educational institutions are teaching American students, Bill Ayers has been implanted into the higher educational class studies in universities to convince the students that Marxism is the preferred method of governing the masses. What Mr. Brooks means is that Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell are not part of the "educated class." Indeed, he is asserting that anyone who disagrees with the oh, so, sophisticated minds coming out of left-leaning universities is just dumber than dumb. What he means is that life experience and common sense are not regarded as enlightened education. What he means is that the Yalies, the Ivy Leaguers, the Harvard grads, are the educated elite and should have dominion over the lowly masses. What he means is that believing in the U.S. Constitution as originally written is just so plebeian and not worthy of consideration as highly educated premise. Mr. Brooks' psychological ploy in his article is the premise that if you side with the left, you must be 'educated.' If you don't, you must be ignorant. My take on that is this; if you fall for his clever ploy, you really are stupid.
Here is the rub. There are uneducated people in this country. There are people who have been indoctrinated, but not educated, in the American public school system since the Federal government began mandating curriculum. There are people who have slipped through the cracks and have been told that the government is their only savior. It is these people the political elite have targeted to be the voting block. The more of these they can create, the more votes they get. (This is why the next big push from the left is amnesty for illegals...mostly uneducated people with no history of American loyalty or understanding of the Constitution......perfect foils for the left.)
Mr. Brooks and his ilk would like to forget and marginalize the rest of America. The middle class in America, especially those over the age of 40 have been educated in the fundamentals of American government. They are not stupid. And they are not deaf, dumb, and blind. The middle class built the country through their energy, creativity, and their strong faith in the U.S. Constitution. These are the "Tea Party" people that Mr. Brooks defines thusly:
"The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation."
Well, for Mr. Brooks' education, I would point out to him that the tenets he just attributed to the Tea Partiers are the tenets of the United States Constitution. And you would be "educated" to know that. The Constitution is against the "concentrated" power of any elite class and especially elitists operating in the Federal Government. He tries to get around this by implying the "uneducated" are against the "educated." Bunk, Mr. Brooks. Oligarchy is not what our republic was created to support. The Tea Party movement is defined by what they are for, i.e. small government, balanced and restrained budgets, low taxes, and liberty for all......might I add, equal justice....NOT "social justice."
Nice try Mr. Brooks.....we are not as dumb as you think.