Cultural Elitism or Social Exclusivity?

On the always-excellent Social Affairs Unit website, Dalrymple concludes that “The British intelligentsia…is unable or unwilling to distinguish between cultural elitism and social exclusivity” and notes along the way that…


The often-remarked British obsession with class…has made the social engineering of supposed equality the aim of almost all public endeavour. Hospitals are not to treat ill people as best they can, but to close the gap between the healthiest and least healthy classes of society; schools are not to educate children, but to ensure that all children are educated, or at least miseducated, equally.

Needless to say, we are no nearer equality than ever we were…The conclusion to be drawn from this, however…is that more must be tried. You don’t take no for an answer, even when the no emanates from the nature of things.

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