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Elites have old fashioned communities built in

October 8, 2007

The elites have community ties built in for them that others don’t have any more. If a person is part of a professional society or organization with continuing education or some other regular meetings, then this automatically pulls them in to a long term social support group. They see the same group every year or two.

The uber elites like think tank members have this taken to a higher level. Their regular think tank acts like an extended long term family. Their professional group acts this way. They also interact well with other elites who have these extended families and they can link up.

Davos is an extended family get together once a year for the elites. Many other organizations do this too like the Council on Foreign Relations. These organizations give them business and social opportunities.

This gives the elites long term extended social families. Even if they are childless they have the feeling of being in a long term extended family. The people they know feel just like them. They are living in 1950’s America.

The support staff at the think tank, university, venture capital fund, corporate board, etc. function like housewives from the 1950’s for them. They make their travel arrangements, doctor appointments, etc. So the elites have a staff of housewives to look after them and help them maintain their social network.

They don’t understand what its like for other people who have been left behind. Men’s median wages are the same as in 1973. The median wages of women are below that, about where men were in 1960. Many people work two jobs. They are fearful of losing their job and it happens.

They don’t have a social network with people who can offer them jobs or op-eds or meetings to give talks or other ways of maintaining their economic security. Instead, they are dependent on companies whose management goes to meetings with bankers and consultants trying to get them to offshore jobs or bring in H-1B’s.

This is one reason the neocons are unable to formulate a working policy. The neocon policy has been to maintain their social and job network by giving policy papers on the Middle East and terrorism. They don’t actually get that its real for some people, here or there. For the neocons, the war is just an extension of their social and business networking life. So the war is the same as peace.

This is why they don’t notice that its not been working for several years. Its why they don’t notice that bin Laden is still loose. Its why they don’t notice the role of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is part of their extended family of networking opportunities. Saudi Arabia is part of Davos. The Saudi Embassy website has pages on its sending a delegation to Davos. They want to remind neocons they are part of their extended family.

This is why neocons give Saudi Arabia and by extension Pakistan a pass for 9-11. Saddam was not part of their extended network, so they attacked him. The Axis of Evil were all non-members of this extended network family. Iran, North Korea and Iraq were all out of the network.

In contrast, even Pakistan was a member. Shaukat Aziz was a senior executive at Citigroup with Stanley Fischer and Robert Rubin before becoming finance minister of Paksitan. On 9-11-2001, Pakistan owed 38 billion dollars in debt and its interest payments exceeded its gross exports. It was under sanctions for its nuclear program. Aziz was made finance minister of the year for 2001 for refinancing Pakistan’s debt after 9-11. He is now the prime minister and finance minister.

The extended networks of the elites make them support immigration. They don’t notice that they destroy the community for the rest of the people. We lose our security. We lose our reserve for misfortune. They haven’t lost that. So they have become alienated from us.

That is why their immigration policy and foreign policy don’t work for the people. For them each week is just more job networking opportunities. They give papers, write op-eds, etc. The consequences for people have no meaning to them. They are still in a 1950’s cocoon. And they don’t notice that we are not. When we say we aren’t, they call us bigots.


“extended family”

Most young people have never known the pleasures — and the trials — of growing up in a large, lively, extended family setting, with three generations in one house, and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and in-laws in and out. I think that kind of environment is enriching in itself, far more so than today’s ‘privileged’ small family households with working parents and no company for the children at times, except video games and the Internet. The big family environment with the extended family around can offer so much more human interaction and warmth, and the lessons learned by the presence of all ages and generations. Nowadays, the small nuclear family seems to me to be socially impoverished in many cases, although no doubt, as with everything, there are exceptions. Too often, children have no contact with older people, and the elders are isolated in ‘senior communities’ or homes, rarely seeing their grandchildren or other relatives, who live far away. Our prized small families have not necessarily meant more attention being given to each individual.

This is what its like to be at AEI every day. Or to be a top executive. Or to be at Bain, where Mitt Romney made his money. Or a Senator like John McCain. Or a TV show with extensive outside opportunities like Fred Thompson has had. Or Rudi Giuliani as a mayor and his company which gets celebrity business.

They have 1950’s cocoon lives. When we say immigration has taken that away from us they call us bigots so that they don’t have to admit its true. They are given much of that from their government service. Then they turn on us and are disloyal. They know it. That’s why Senator Lindsey Graham called us bigots. He was in our situation around 1980. Now he is out. He calls us bigots because he has in two decades lost his loyalty to us and doesn’t identify with us and he knows it.


So we are dwindling away, and fewer of the younger people bother to keep up the extended family ties that were so central to the older generations. Coming to the family reunions and to family holiday celebrations is not a priority with the younger generations.

One reason is that families today can’t offer job security in a world of mass immigration. Families don’t have the ability to find jobs for the young because the jobs are going to the immigrants at lower wages.

Every other day, it seems, we read articles about the low birth rates of Americans, and the ‘need’ for mass immigration to replenish our population. Hence our current tidal wave of immigration, and people increasingly believe that mass immigration is ‘necessary.’

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