…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I have been discussing with my friends for some time now whether the overwhelmingly left pseudo-elite, a.k.a chattering class, is running out of puff (no homosexual pun intended). Now even Mr Keith Windschuttle touched the question in Quadrant, a staid, but predominantly conservative publication.[Left Stranded By An Ebbing Tide]
The current self-described elites and progressives are neither and in fact they have not been for some time. They are deeply and incestuously non-original. My uneducated guess is that the last semi-original idea they had was just before the World War II. I have in mind Antonio Gramsci (1891 – 1937) and his plan of the slow march through the institutions. But even he paid obeisance, beside to obligatory Karl Marx, to Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527); and undoubtedly studied The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1903 of doubtful provenance).
Our “elites” would like to be philosopher-kings, but end up as conceited clowns. It is perhaps best seen in that “science” of ill repute, the economics. Maynard Keynes’ failed theories are for them the next best thing to the Marxist ones, no matter that all applications of both have been unmitigated disasters.
Not widely known, and mostly ignored by acolytes, is an introduction to the German edition (published in 1936) of The General Theory where Maynard Keynes wrote: Nevertheless the theory of output as a whole, which is what the following book purports to provide, is much more easily adopted to the conditions of a totalitarian state, than is the theory of production and distribution of a given output produced under conditions of free competition and a lance measure of laissez-faire.