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  • Limits for Ethical Politicians

    September 26, 2016

    David Burress

    The job of an ethical politicians is to make the world a better place. It is extremely hard to do that if you won’t get elected. And it is impossible to get elected if you always tell the unadorned truth. At a minimum you must evade and duck certain questions. For example, a majority of ...

  • Educated Elites Part 2

    September 22, 2016

    David Burress

    So how is it possible to reconcile a model of the egalitarianism spectrum (or the wealth spectrum or the haves versus have-nots spectrum) with the fact that right-wing, radical, so-called “populist” Trumpites are aligned with the haves, while the educated elites (or EEs) are aligned with the have-nots?   Trump’s right-wing radicals are easy enough to understand. ...

  • Educated Elites

    September 22, 2016

    David Burress

    The term “limousine liberal” dates from a 1969 campaign against liberal Republican New York Mayor John Lindsay. It filled a right-wing rhetorical need and has been used ever since to demonize a distinct social class I will call Educated Elites or EEs, meaning those whose jobs typically require advanced degrees (plus their families). EEs are ...

  • Egalitarianism Versus Inegalitarianism

    September 21, 2016

    David Burress

    I think you can understand a great deal about politics and government if you define the left-right spectrum in terms of degree of support for egalitarianism versus inegalitarianism. There are other definitions such as attitudes toward change, or possession of income and social status, or attitudes toward democracy versus authoritarianism, but all them can be ...