In Defense of Elitism (Paperback)

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning culture criticfor Time magazine comes thetremendously controversial, yet highly persuasive, argument that our devotion to the largelyunexamined myth of egalitarianism lies at the heart of theongoing "dumbing of America."
Americans have always stubbornly clung to themyth of egalitarianism, of the supremacy of theindividual average man. But here, at long last, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic William A. Henry IIItakes on, and debunks, some basic, fundamentallyingrained ideas: that everyone is pretty much alike(and should be); that self-fulfillment is moreimortant thant objective achievement; that everyonehas something significant to contribute; that allcultures offer something equally worthwhile; thata truly just society would automatically produceequal success results across lines of race, class, and gender; and that the common man is almostalways right. Henry makes clear, in a book full ofvivid examples and unflinching opinions, thatwhile these notions are seductively democratic theyare also hopelessly wrong.

Praise For…

"A  passionate yet reasoned argument for the proposition  that some people simply contribute more to society  than others. It challenges head-on the  presumptions and platitudes of government, academia, and  even private industry." -- The  Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"A wide-ranging, free-swinging commentary that will  raise the hackles of nearly everyone." --  New York Times.

"Bracing... eloquent testimony that what killed  liberalism in this country is a deeply misguided  egalitarianism." -- The New York Times  Book Review.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385479431
ISBN-10: 0385479433
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: August 1995
Pages: 224
Language: English