Remarkable and quotable: class and the left elite

Apr 21, 2022 6:17pm ET



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From “The New Class Chasm in the Culture Wars” by Batya Ungar-Sargon,, April 21:

A tiny elite that thrives politically and economically on portraying their opponents as fanatics is using every tool at their disposal – social media, liberal legacy media, and executive action – to bridge the vast distance between their views and the vast majority of the means – and working-class -class Americans with normal views. . . .

The Liberals have had many great victories over the past 50 years. There was a time in the not too distant past when the average American in either political party had little appetite for interracial marriage, let alone gay rights. But those days are long behind us. So why is the left pretending we are still in the midst of these struggles? Because if you eliminate the issues that used to separate them from average Americans, you’re left with what separates them now — the vast economic, educational, and social capital conserved by the meritocratic liberal elite.

Like so many of our culture wars, this one is about class—and the class divide that separates politicians, pundits, and journalists from the average American.

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Appeared in the April 22, 2022 print edition as “Notable & Quotable: Class”. Remarkable and quotable: class and the left elite

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