Thursday, August 07, 2008
as easy as it is to cast a jaundiced eye on the cynicism of raimondo -- and even moreso on his speculative flight -- there is also to consider the obituary of sarah conlon published serendipitously in the economist this week.
it was the observation of toynbee among others that the decline of the creative minority into a merely dominant minority was characterized, as mimesis falters and proletarianization spreads, by an ever-more desperate abandonment of moral authority for a brutal oppression of dissent paired with opportunistic populism. the goal of the creative class is to live lives of pious and productive example; they have authority thrust upon them. the goal of the dominant minority into which they can devolve, however, is concerned with a different goal: the maintenance of authority at all costs.
is the convenient ivins being framed by an embarrassed and politically-motivated government authority in an election year? i surely cannot say. but what i can say is that the record of the dominant minority, far from being above reproach in such matters, highlights the likelihood.
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