#rsrh QotD, Read This Ye Elitist Fools Edition.

Walter Russell Mead, on our generally lousy, so-called ‘elitist’ ‘class:’

A guilty elite may be healthier for society than a self-righteous one.  Teddy Roosevelt and his cousins Eleanor and Franklin worked as hard as they did in part because they felt their privilege was unearned.  They were also a little bit afraid; nobody wants to end up in the tumbrils on the way to the guillotine like the French aristocracy.  Best look after the people before things get out of hand.

Do tell.  Do tell.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for all his (myriad) faults, had one advantage over the fellow that is in office now: FDR genuinely believed that America was great on its own merits, if only because it was capable of producing a paragon such as… FDR.  The absolute best that we can expect from our modern aristos these days is instead an inchoate hope that America might be great if enough things are changed… which is just not acceptable.

I will admit that said aristos largely don’t know any better, but that’s not really a justification for keeping them in power.

Via Instapundit/Michael Totten.

This recession isn’t *all* bad.

Because I think that I can say with some certainty that, on the Great List of People and Groups Whose Economic Status I’m Worrying About*, the wives, girlfriends, and mistresses of suddenly-anxious Wall Street financial types is somewhere on the part of the sheet still left in the printer when I ripped out the list in a hurry on my way out the door.  Extra credit for the blog, which I cannot make myself link to.  I’ve tried.  It just ain’t happening.

I suggest that they start dating electricians.  If the electricians are interested, of course.  Although Allahpundit’s apparently willing to take the hit for the team…

Moe Lane

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