Saturday, February 04, 2012

Better elite better mass

The Great Divorce - David Brooks

There are two tribes in our society now - productive and non-productive.  It's not fair.  So the solution is to ...

. . . but we need a National Service Program. We need a program that would force members of the upper tribe and the lower tribe to live together, if only for a few years. We need a program in which people from both tribes work together to spread out the values, practices and institutions that lead to achievement.

If we could jam the tribes together, we’d have a better elite and a better mass.

Jamming a pack of Morlocks into a herd of Eloi in a DMV-like program of picking up garbage on the highway isn't going to teach anyone anything. 

Except, maybe, how to skate, shirk, and avoid doing anything productive while looking efficient.

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