People need to learn the difference between elitist and elite. Elite means "the choice or best of anything". We should demand that only the elite lead us. We celebrate the elite in almost every walk of life -- sports, business, entertainment. But, somehow, we seem to be skeptical of the elite in leading us because we think that they aren't like us.
Elitist means someone who believes "certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority". Elitists feel a sense of entitlement, perhaps because of their intelligence. I agree that someone who believes they are so entitled may not make a good leader, but you can't spot them because they have a large vocabulary or prefer to eat nicer foods.
Posted by Mike Feinstein on September 14, 2008 08:40 AM|Permalink
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