[FoRK] why is "elite" a dirty word?

Bill Stoddard < bill at wstoddard.com > on > Thu Mar 16 07:18:34 PST 2006

Corinna wrote:
> OK, I understand why "liberal" is an epithet, as in "tax and spend liberal". 
> And "liberal
>  can connote permissiveness, looseness, etc.  But why the word "elite"? 
> I've always had positive connotations with that word -- such as success, 
> competence, being in 1st place -- and I find it jarring when it is used in a 
> demeaning manner.  Who are they referring to when they say "elite" in this 
> way?  Here's an example:
> 
> "I'm waiting to hear the words 'I was wrong' from some of the world's most 
> elite journalists, politicians and Hollywood types...."
> 
> -Corinna
> 
> 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populism


Bill


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