Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why Do They Do So Well?

There's nothing wrong with élites per se. Even the most egalitarian of human institutions will spawn an élite of some sort, and in most cases, it is this élite which makes history, spinning it out as if it were a particularly recalcitrant fibre being made into some monstrous tapestry.

But because élites are so dominant, because they are the core of every republic and the key to getting things done, they are also the most likely cause of evil. If the élite go bad, the rest of society will find themselves looking up at a quickly-descending boot-heel, or perhaps a preparation for descent into hell.

So it is good to have a regenerative principle for the élite, a healthy and gradual replacement of establishment by the less-established, in turn supplanted by the non-established or dis-established. This creates the constantly shifting quasi-stability that is characteristic of a measured locomotive gait, as opposed to the rigid but twitching spasm that comes with a too-prolonged upright immobility.

The élite always does well because they're supposed to. We, society at large, create them from ourselves; where they are, our ancestors were or our descendants will be. When the so-called 99% calls upon the 1% to share out the wealth, it is as ludicrous as if the car that depends on a microchip were to start trying to cannibalise the metallic gold in that chip.

Go for chip replacement, not cannibalisation. Destroying the old without replacement will destroy you too, you teeming masses of the 99% who desire the downfall of the 1%. Me, I'm with the part of the 99% that doesn't mind as long as the 1% don't desire -my- downfall.

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