The progressive/liberal movement arose in Old Europe 160 years ago as a reaction to the incompetence and corruption of the hereditary aristocracy. Its leaders argued (correctly) that blood was no guarantor of competence or leadership. But they didn’t want to overturn the old order; they just wanted to rearrange it so that they were in charge. So they created a New Aristocracy based on the one criterion that they could define to their advantage: level of intelligence, as demonstrated by level and type of education. Those who actually had to work for a living — businessmen, tradesmen, farmers, doctors — were excluded from the get-go. Only writers, artists, philosophers, and scientists were allowed, and even then only as long as they agreed with the New Aristocracy’s goals.That right there is a display of smart, as opposed to "Smart". Maybe Wolfwalker can start up a blog, so we can get a regular dose of this. Like I said, one Wicked Smaht Bahstid, right there. The other commenters agree, and amplify his statement in ways that are also smart (not "Smart").
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Quote of the Day - Wicked Smaht Bahstid edition
That would be Wolfwalker, in a comment over at Rhymes With Cars And Girls: