This column by Megan McArdle is very interesting, and I think she’s on to something important, not least because her thesis tracks very closely to one C. S. Lewis advanced in one of his great essays, “Lilies that fester.”
Here’s a important observation she makes about the real divide in our society:
“In fact, I think that to some extent, the current political wars are a culture war not between social liberals and social conservatives, but between the values of the mandarin system, and the values of those who compete in the very different culture of ordinary businesses–ones outside glamor industries like tech or design.”
She goes on to note the danger of our system, where access to its higher levels becomes a function of fitting in to the values, ideas, and talents admired by and acceptable to those already at the top.
Read the whole thing.