ERIC Hoffer writes that when the "scribes" are in, working for the ruling class, they are happy to do its bidding and order the lower orders around. But when the scribes are out, meaning that the government can't afford them after a societal collapse, then the scribes decide to represent the "people" and enter a phase where they critique the ruling class.
In our day, I suppose, the scribes do both. Our educated elite critiques the ruling class on behalf of the traditionally marginalized and it also delights in expert-ology, commissioning like-minded experts to boost its social theories and create government programs to implement them.
What the educated want, says Hoffer, is "power, lordship, and opportunities for imposing action."
That is why the educated fell in love with Marxism. It said: the workers are being horribly exploited by capitalism. Therefore we should give absolute political power, lordship, and opportunities to run things to the educated elite to liberate the workers from their slavery.
In fact the opposite happened. Wherever Marxism was tried the workers got oppressed and exploited worse than before.
Christopher Chantrill is a writer and conservative, and author of Road to the Middle Class. He runs usgovernmentspending.com, the go-to resource for government finance data, is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker, and blogs regularly at Rare.us. He lives in Seattle, Washington ...
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