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The Resource Pathology of the elites : how the arrogant classes plan to run your life, Michael Knox Beran

Pathology of the elites : how the arrogant classes plan to run your life, Michael Knox Beran

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Pathology of the elites : how the arrogant classes plan to run your life
Title
Pathology of the elites
Title remainder
how the arrogant classes plan to run your life
Statement of responsibility
Michael Knox Beran
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this bracing collection of provocative essays, Michael Knox Beran examines the false benevolence that characterizes the power classes in contemporary America. Their enlightened pity for their fellow citizens, he charges, conceals an instinct for power rather than compassion. Beran argues that today's elites have come to rely on a social philosophy that reduces people to a mass of social groups and types, obscures their individual humanity, and makes them easier to manipulate. While they tragically conceive their desire for authority as a form of virtue, the elite classes have set about remaking schools, rewriting the U.S. Constitution, dehumanizing charity, and making war on tradition in the name of a crude form of Social Darwinism. --
  • Through readings of such inspired critics of the social imagination as Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Beran exposes the romance of dominion that underlies the philosophy of social benevolence, a philosophy that has steadily undermined the older and more valuable tradition that Edmund Burke associated with the moral imagination. In seeking to depose this moral impulse in the pantheon of culture, and enshrine the social imagination in its place, today's elites have weakened not only liberalism but also conservatism---indeed, society as a whole. Where the moral imagination is not regularly and habitually cultivated, Beran observes, where it ceases to have a place in education and art, in schools and in the town square, it becomes more difficult even for the best-intentioned among us to resist the allure of a narrow and obtuse self-righteousness. --
  • Pathology of the Elites features a fresh voice of social criticism that is likely to raise hackles on both sides of the aisle. --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beran, Michael Knox
Dewey number
320.510973
Index
index present
LC call number
HN90.E4
LC item number
B47 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Liberalism
  • United States
  • United States
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Pathology of the elites : how the arrogant classes plan to run your life, Michael Knox Beran
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
600993420
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 293 pages
Isbn
9781566638746
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010015699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)600993420
Label
Pathology of the elites : how the arrogant classes plan to run your life, Michael Knox Beran
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
600993420
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 293 pages
Isbn
9781566638746
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010015699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)600993420

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