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Siegel is right to point out the existence of the liberal elite but he is nearly ten years late. Kevin Phillips's "Wealth and Democracy" did a better job in 2003 with many more examples and real data -- the kind Siegel pines for but fails to deliver in this screed. It's not that the wealthy have abandoned the middle class as Siegel tries to point out, it is that the middle class has abandoned itself in an orgy of fake economics that made us all feel rich feasting on our home equity loans. We quit. We quit being hustlers, entrepreneurs, people taking our Iives into our own hands and doing something. Times are hard and we are no match for them. Where we should be organizing we are passive and where we should be raging against this machine we are simply trying to work for slave wages to pay back college loans. We are boiling our own frog. How long does this last?
Siegel argues that liberalism repels potential allies because voters know that, for the liberal elite, the fix is always in. Cushioned by high-powered connections, attending the same exclusive schools, exempt from their own virtuous prescriptions, obsessed with their own gene pool and with raising super-children, liberal elites cannot hide their contempt for the average middle-class person of modest ambition, little sophistication, and humble means.
It is ironic that these elites are now condemning President Obama for compromising and appeasing. Compromise with and appeasement of anyone with power, money,and status are deeply embedded elite instincts. Having elevated an inadequate figure to the presidency in order to flatter their moral vanity by electing a black man, the liberal elites are scapegoating Obama for embodying their own worst qualities.
Passionate, witty and compassionate, outraged and disgusted by the way liberal mandarins are strangling liberalism, this book will change the way you see not only American politics, but America itself. The author is very well known, a recognized social critic, with a huge track record of editorials and political-type comments in newspapers/magazines. All of the above can be already found in the Amazon website under the title, it is the book's descriptor by Amazon. That below is my own, today.
More about the author can be found on the Amazon website under this very book, if you wish. He is clearly competent to write this type of short book, and many or most of his critical comments about the social elite, Harvard educated, business/politics connected, leftist leaning but wealthy component of American society, are correct and well-founded. Many, not all, of this upper crust, Harvard elite are as he depicts them but surely, not all are, today. They are imperfect for sure, but we all are imperfect and self-serving, what class is not? It is not a crime to be imperfect, yet, it is just a human weakness. Few of us are perhaps as perfect as the author.
The book is not about Harvard, past or present or future, indeed the book has nothing at all to do with the University but only some of its graduates, certainly not all? It is perhaps being overly critical of this particular class of our society, who (he claims) have voted for Obama as a sign of their tolerance of other parts of society but who are now somewhat disappointed by how it has all turned out in Washington. They would perhaps prefer to turn the clock backwards to 2007, and have a different, Democratic candidate but that is just not going to happen. They did not do their homework about whom they were backing at the time, and now it is perhaps too late to reverse such oversights on their own parts. Such is life- fools jump in where wise men fear to tread. That below is also from the Amazon website about the author and not my own.
Lee Siegel is the author of four books and a winner of the National Magazine Award. He has published over 600 articles, essays and reviews in numerous publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Time, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Guardian, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Siegel has been the book critic for The Nation, television critic and senior editor at The New Republic, art critic for Slate, staff writer at Harper's and the LA Times Book Review, senior columnist at The Daily Beast, and weekly columnist and editor-at-large at the New York Observer. He lives in a New York suburb with his wife and two children.
Praise for Lee Siegel:
"One of the country's most eloquent and acid-tongued cultural critics."
--New York Times Magazine
In his book he depicts himself as a liberal taking on "elite liberals." By this I think he means scholastic types who he sees as out of touch with reality, which is much the way I felt out of touch with him. He makes a fictitious Professor Stone the prototype of his condemnation of the elites he depicts; apparently based on one of his professors of the many universities he has attended.
Reading it I felt like I was back in the TV debates between William Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal who spend a good deal of their time trying to impress each other with the wit and intellect. But in this case it seems like the liberal Vidal is embracing the conservative Buckley and demeaning his own party.
Siegal presents his liberal credentials as believing in a single -payer health care system, redistribution of wealth via a more equitable tax code, a significant raise in minimum wage, expanding entitlements for the poor, sick, and elderly, against capital punishment and privatizing education, for gay marriage, basic rights for illegal aliens, and gun control. But after saying this he says when he spends time with folk with similar ideas he wants to run outside and puke. Odd. The way I relate to that is while growing up in the Midwest I found the liberal folk I knew (a definite minority) appeared to be brighter, had more common sense, and an enlightened sense of moral responsibility. When I moved to New York for my internship, I found out that the liberals, now the majority were just as dumb as the conservatives I knew at home. Perhaps Siegal needs to come to the Midwest to get his perspective back.
I also found him almost debasing in his portrayal of President Obama and made me wonder if he had read any of Obama's books.
The book is interesting but as confusing as it is instructive. He totally avoids any talk between supply economics (trickedlown) and demand side economics (Keynesian) which is a major issue of our time and most important in terms of our economic future and clearly different in our party views.
My recommendation is don't bother, read Why Americans Hate Politics by E.J. Kionne instead, which is what I plan to do when it gets in a Kindle form.
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