Supposedly we are ruled by the cognitive elite, but, strikingly, when compared to the elite of a century ago, they don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology, don’t know much about a science book, don’t know much about the french they took.
The members of the old elite would casually make interlingual puns, erudite references to ancient history and to the latest science of their day. I am not seeing this from our current elite.
I saw on television a US spokesman piously calling for a cease fire in Gaza “Israel requires an end to rocket attacks, Hamas requires an end to the state of siege and and end to attacks on Hamas personnel”
“What,” I thought, “does the state department hire the mentally retarded?” (more…)