Princeton University’s WordNet defines the word elitist as “someone who believes
in rule by an elite group.” It defines an elite group as “a group or class of persons
enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status.” It defines elitism
as “the attitude that society should be governed by an elite group of individuals.”
Although the term elite used as a noun referring to a single person is not defined
in the dictionaries, we will define an elite as “an elitist who considers himself/herself
to be a member of an elite group.”
Basically, an elitist is someone who believes in the fiction that some people are
superior to others and deserve coercive powers that the others don’t have. This person’s
attitude–this elitism–is just the opposite of the attitude embodied by the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. The overwhelming majority
of the people who voluntarily immigrated to the United States did so to escape elitism.
Historically, elitism has found its highest expression in absolute monarchies, dictatorships
like Venezuela and Iran, fascist governments like Nazi Germany, and communist governments
like the former Soviet Union, pre-entrepreneurial China, North Korea, and Cuba. Wherever
there is tyranny, it is the elites who bring it on. Freedom and prosperity, on the
other hand, abound where elitism is squelched.
The notion that some people are superior to others is fictional. It goes against
the very framework that modern elitists so often hold up to justify their actions:
evolution. By the theory of evolution every living person is a product of natural
selection and has inherited an ability to survive that succeeded for generations
before. No one can guess who is better adapted to survival until generations have
passed and the results begin to become clear. Elitists who pretend to know who is
superior and who is not are more likely than not con artists, perhaps even conning
When the Constitution was written, evolution did not exist as a theory, but religion
had come to the same conclusion. The Ten Commandments, basic in one form or another
to most successful religions, include the commandment that people shall not play
God. People should not pretend to know who is superior–who will be blessed with survival
and have many generations of offspring or who will leave a lasting influence, or
spirit. Founded on this notion the Constitution seeks to grant all citizens equal
rights and to keep elitists from taking power.
Basic to elitism is the idea that the chosen ones should prescribe one-size-fits-all
regulations for the rest of the people. But one size does not fit all. For most people
it is a straightjacket. The elites, acting on their fictitious beliefs, hyperactively
enact regulations that constrain people with unique and varied talents from using
those talents for the betterment of themselves and the betterment of society.
Why do they do this? The psychological deformities that lead to elitism are many.
Some people grow up being told by their parent or parents that they are special.
If they should turn out as adults to be unable or unwilling to do anything useful
in the private sector that merits the expected rewards from others, some of these
people gravitate toward elite government careers as a means for forcing people to
treat them with special respect.
Some people may perceive themselves as having been discriminated against or unfairly
treated by certain people. They may seek elite government power to get even.
Some people may have strong verbal skills and an ability to con people into doing
things against their own self-interests. Perhaps this ability comes with a concurrent
inability to do anything of value (see “Money–What It Is and How To Get It”) with
the hands or the brain. Such people are prime candidates for elite government work.
Some people have an inordinate appetite for riches and fame and very little empathy
for other people. Elitism is just a part of their competitive game.
Some people whom we know have all of these ailments.
In any case, it is unfortunate that we regular people end up, more often than not,
being ruled by the mentally ill. This will always be a problem so long as government
is needed. Government attracts elites like flies. The only solution so far is to
enable the citizenry to reduce the size and power of government to the minimum necessary
to keep crime under control, to enforce contractual agreements, and to provide a
common defense against foreign elitists.
Elitism is arguably the root of all evil in governance. Eliminating it entirely would
likely do nothing but improve the world.
As we all know, elitism is not limited to government. There are corporations and
special interests galore that are clamoring to gain special privileges. The only
way they can gain undeserved privileges without criminal coercion is to use the government
as a tool for legal coercion. Monopolies become monopolies by working with the government
to get regulations in place to impede competition. Big unions gain monopoly power,
as well, that is sustained through government-legislated constraints. These elitist
organizations produce economic inefficiencies and divert rewards away from their
rightful recipients. The only way to take away the undeserved power of elitist organizations
is to shrink the size of government and remove its web of counterproductive constraints
on competition. Fortunately, most of the legislation producing these constraints
is patently unconstitutional (see “What is Unconstitutional?”), and removing the
legislation is simply a matter of forcing the government to obey the Constitution.
This is the Equalizer Amendment’s specialty.
It is important to note that, with all of the technological innovation that has occurred
over the last several decades and the productivity improvements it has made possible,
our standard of living and our wealth should have grown to at least double what it
is now. However, the elitists have managed to metastasize their straightjackets,
their regulations, their interference, at a pace just slow enough to keep us from
feeling the disease. They have tapped the fruits of our advancements as they ripen,
so that we that we end up having little reward for our efforts. As a result, a sudden
release from the elitist restrictions could cause our economy to boom like never
before as it moves to catch up to where it could have been. Get rid of elitism and
its unconstitutional regulations, and the rewards will be tremendous: no more deficit,
no more unemployment problem, little or no poverty, restored international leadership,
a cleaner environment.
How can you tell if a person is an elitist or not? Answer: If a person claims not
to support the intent of the Equalizer Amendment, or if a person claims to support
it but by his/her actions impedes it, then that person is an elitist.
The Equalizer Amendment has been crafted to give us the power to combat elitism.
The elitists will fight tooth and nail to keep it from being passed. However, we
vastly outnumber the elitists, and we can prevail if only we join together with the
determination to smash through their defenses.
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