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#20A ELITISM

I have problems with democracy. I think most people are ill-prepared to decide what is best for society. Assemblies of such people are not to be trusted: I fear their collective strength. Society is best served by a select group of clear-sighted, capable leaders / experts. Highly educated, trained, and groomed to wield power, they should oversee maintenance of law & order, promote production of wealth, and guide the masses toward ends they deem to be appropriate. (Note: Elitists often identify with "capital" rather than “labor,” and with “capable leaders / experts” rather than the collective wisdom of common folks. ) 

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

appreciates criticism of democracy

values idea that competence rises to top / Meritocracy

comfortable with social stratification distinctions

comfortable with highest social class / Aristocracy

summary Wikipedia article: Elitism 

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3211

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 4

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #20A: Elitism 

Academic Elitism   (from online encyclopedia)
Oligarchy (from online encyclopedia)
Mixed Government (from online encyclopedia)
Elective Monarchy (from online encyclopedia)
Social Class (from online encyclopedia)
Mixed Government (from online encyclopedia)
Elective Monarchy (from online encyclopedia)
In Focus: What is Elitism?
Worldview Watch issue #3: Populism vs. Elitism
Worldview Watch issue #36: Kennedy, Shakespeare, Conspiracism, Elitism, and Missing the Real Story
Worldview Watch issue #45, posted 7/29/2015 Confucius, Singapore, China, and Political Meritocracy 
"Plato: The Failure of Democracy and Platonic Elitism in Modern Times" (Frostburg State U. philosophy forum)
In Defense of Elitism, by William A. Henry III (review of this 1995 book by writer for Time magazine )
The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (a 2017 book about what the elite spend their money on, link to author’s website)
"Eton and the Making of the Modern Elite" by Christopher de Bellaigue (article in 1843 magazine August 2016)
The Future of the Firm (a report on McKinsey, the world's leading management consulting firm in The Economist Sep 21 2013)
"Social Mobility in America--The Meritocracy Paradox" (article from The Economist Feb 9 2013)
"Embarrassed Meritocrats" (opinion piece re: Chinese meritocracy in The Economist Oct 27 2012)
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes (more on this 2012 book from Amazon)
The Revolt of the Rich by Mike Lofgren (Aug 27 2012 article in The American Conservative re "financial elites") 
"The Death of Meritocracy" (article in The Economist Feb 11 2012)
"A Crisis from the Top: The Unwisdom of Elites" by Paul Krugman (May 9, 2011 NY Times article)
"The Case for Elitism" by Emer O'Kelly (position paper from The Arts Council in Ireland)
"The False Accusation of Elitism", by Linda Silverman (essay on gifted education and charges of elitism)
"Superiority Complex: We have democratized elitism..."
Environmental Elitism
On the Meaning of Elitism (animal rights perspective)
Elitism vs. Checks & Balances in Communicating Scientific Information to the Public, by Arthur Kantrowitz
Yes I'm an Elitist, and Why That Doesn't Mean I Hate You
The Elitism Myth
Wealth and Democracy, by Kevin Phillips (excerpts from this book)
The Meritocracy Myth (book by UNC sociologists)
In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best Run Companies (read this 2004 book at Google Books)
Dictionary of Vocational Psychology: Elitism
quotes related to elitism

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