We’ve talked about “the elites” before, and it raises the questions, who are the elites and how do you identify them? What can we do about them? (More on that later.)
Some would say that the elites are defined by money, but I would argue that. Was Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart at elite? I don’t think so. And I’m not sure that Warren Buffet is an elite, yet he’s one of the richest guys out there.
While having money is an ingredient to being one of the elite, you can have money and not be elite. Wealth, if you flaunt it and wield it like a weapon, can give you privilege, and it is the privileged who are among the elite. People like Sam Walton and Warren Buffet didn’t assume the mantle of privilege and acted like regular guys.
I am reminded of a story told by one of my former bosses. He was having dinner at the house of the CEO of a large multinational client with whom he had become close to over the years. As my boss was leaving, the CEO’s wife reminded the CEO that the next day was trash day and he dutifully took out the trash. My boss told me, “He runs a multi-billion dollar company, has thousands of employees, many of whom fear him, and flies around on a private jet. But he still has to take the trash out at night like you and I.”
Many are Born Into It
Others would say that the elite are born into families of powerful, well-connected people and they build upon this by going to the right schools, joining the right social clubs, and then using those connections to build further wealth, power, and influence. There is certainly some truth to that, but not all of the elite follow that path. For example, the media elite usually gain their positions of editorial control not from their family name, but by kissing the right asses on the way up.
So we see that some of the elite obtain their status due to their position in the corporate structure, the finance industry, or the political milieu. I expect that these positional elite are tolerated as a necessary evil by those who come from a long line of elite families. It just goes to show you that even among the elite, some are more equal than others.
Let them Eat Cake
When Marie-Antoinette, the queen of France, (pictured above) was told that the peasants were starving and had no bread, she famously said, “Let them eat cake.” This is a splendid example of the attitude of the elite. She had no concept of starvation because she had never been hungry a day in her life. She had no idea that one could run out of bread because her table was overflowing. It should come as no surprise that she was executed during the French Revolution.
Much of what makes a person one of the elite is their attitude towards themselves and towards those less fortunate. They cannot understand a person who is far below them in social and financial standing because they have never been and cannot ever imagine being in that position or even rubbing elbows with someone who is. They are, after all, above that, at least in their minds.
Because they look at everything through a lens of wealth and privilege, the elite don’t really care about the rest of us. We are the little people who are there to be taken advantage of. This is why companies run by people like Jeff Bezos don’t treat them employees very well. Who cares if the delivery driver has to pee in a bottle or the warehouse employee doesn’t have time to take their break. To the elite, these folks don’t matter. If they quit, another cog in the machine will be along soon enough.
Their Goal is to Preserve Their Status
Like a dictator, the elite want more than anything else to preserve their status at the top of society at all costs. And many of us pay those costs. They propose policies that benefit them personally, prop up and preserve their positions, and keep the rest of us down.
They don’t want any challengers, so they pass some more taxes, confiscate some more private property, and pass some regulations to keep the little people from becoming a threat. They also move quickly to shut down a dissenting voice; it might attract too many followers and drowns their voice out.
This is why so many of them embrace socialism and the Great Reset, because the policies are designed to create a wide swatch of poor people upon whose back and labor the elite can stand. Look at the stratification in communist societies if you do not believe me. It’s all about them and us, or the elite and the rest of us.
They Think They Know Better than Us
The elite believe they know better than you and I not because of their lifetime of experience, but simply because of who they are, their jobs, their bank balances, or their last name.
For example, Bill Gates built his fortune in computer operating systems and software, yet today he wants to tell us how we should fight a public health crisis. He didn’t go to medical school. He didn’t even get a degree in public health. The only true experience he has in public health comes from donating money. Sure, he may have learned a great deal, and he may be a smart guy, but I’d be far more willing to take his advice on a computer-related issue like Internet security than I would on how to combat the coronavirus.
What the elite fail to realize, and what we all need to realize, is that many of the elite are little better than the artist Madonna, trying to find new ways to try to stay relevant when the world leaves them behind. If they lose their relevancy when they leave their position of power, then were they actually relevant before? What is Bill Gates without Microsoft?
How to Handle the Elite
My advice on how to handle the elite is simple: Ignore them. Don’t listen to them. Don’t let them influence you, meaning don’t read their newspapers or websites. Don’t follow them online. Don’t let them brainwash your children in public schools.
Don’t allow them to create more wealth at your expense, meaning don’t work for them. Don’t shop at their stores and patronize their websites. Don’t espouse their ideas. Don’t vote for them. Don’t put your money in their banks and let them charge you monthly fees (find a local community bank or credit union instead). And certainly don’t envy them or wish you were like them.
You can fight back against the elite by celebrating your religious faith and supporting what has historically been called Christian/Judeo values. You can fight back by enjoying your life, as it is, and not measuring it against anyone else’s. They are not a target to aim for, they are a sickness to avoid.
Have a beer and some wings. Ride a Harley or rebuild an engine; whatever it is you enjoy doing in your spare time. Take your dog and your kid and go hunting or fishing. Chase your wife around the room and give her a big kiss when you catch her. Worry about your bills, the latest executive order, and what some rich idiot did another day. Today, celebrate who you are, an authentic American. You are what makes this country great; the elite are just riding on your coat tails.