The Ruling Class: People Like Us

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:26 am. It is odd that common to both classic toryism (i.e. King George III) and modern liberalism are special people: those who are specially-qualified to decide important issues, issues that are too important to be decided by the opinions and votes of the ignorant masses. In theory, liberalism’s special people only get that way through assiduous hard-won study, but in fact if you affirm faith in required shibboleths — global warming, ever-increasing government spending aka socialism — and have the necessary education, no matter how undistinguished, you’re in. The tories were much like that too, and would happily welcome any wanderer on their side, like the brilliant Disraeli.

The thing modern liberals and classic tories alike can not stand is that the important ideas should be decided in any kind of free market. They’re too important for that....