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What is your definition of "elite"?


"Elite" in political, sociological theory refers to "a small group of powerful people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth,privilege or political power in a society." Since a large portion of Democrats are of lower economic status-teachers, nurses, union supporters, students, laborers, isn't the use of the term when referring to their views as "elitist" totally wrong? When did "knowledgeable," "informed," "well-read" "educated" become to be known as "elite"?My mother died with $3000 in the bank, no property, no assets, yet she could quote Tennyson. Would you call her "elite"?

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Best Answer Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) says

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    Billie Kelpin 4 weeks ago

    Extremely insightful, Grace. "Don't be too uppity" was an old phrase. Kids get a message that college will separate them from the family. It's Archie Bunker and "Meathead" all over again.Thankful the children whose parents learn/grow WITH them


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RTalloni says

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    Billie Kelpin 4 weeks ago

    very articulate and well-thought out comment that I couldn't disagree with more - especially the Pence part ! The fact that those who represent the lower class, themselves have privilege and money doesn't warrant calling the supporters "elitist".


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Tamara Wilhite (tamarawilhite) says

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    Billie Kelpin 4 weeks ago

    I'd be proud to be called a social justice warrior, yet I worked in a field wanting no rank,no power. We wanted "justice" for our students -rights to have interpreters, a level field for 1st generation, low income, special need students.That's all


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CJ Kelly (lions44) says

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    Billie Kelpin 4 weeks ago

    I'm with you CJ Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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Leslie McCowen (lovemychris) says

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    Billie Kelpin 4 weeks ago

    Thanks Leslie - I'm there with you!


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