When did Elite become an Insult?

Its been an insult among conservatives for a while. But now it seems like even sane people are using it pejoratively.

Wouldn’t you rather have an elite surgeon operate on you?

Wouldn’t you rather have an elite engineer design the airplane you fly on?

Wouldn’t you rather have an elite teacher teaching the next generation of surgeons or aerospace engineers?

Wouldn’t you rather have an elite bureaucrat running a vital government department?

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3 responses to “When did Elite become an Insult?

  1. “Elite” and “Professional” are two words I have seen as anything but manipulative political tools — encasing no valuable content.

  2. atimetorend

    I think the *really* bad thing is the “liberal elite,” especially the ivory tower ones.

    Sabio, I am striving to become a “Professional Engineer”, it is the official title of the license in the U.S.! Perhaps we could take the “P” out of your professional letters. :^)

    Ian, we need to find you some more commentators…

  3. ian

    Yes, I agree attr – any ideas?

    Send me some of yours? đŸ˜‰

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