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Charles Murray: Are You a Snob? Take the Test.

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Charles Murray: Are You a Snob? Take the Test.


The elite as I see it are the people that run the country. The broad elite consists
of the people who are prominent in Kansas City or Indianapolis or individual cities.
They’re the CEOs of the most important industries. They’re the mayor, the people
who own the TV stations, et cetera. The narrow elite are those people who have effects on
the nation’s culture and economics and politics. That’s a very small group. You’re
probably talking about fewer than 100,000 people all together who have that kind of
power. And that’s what I see as the class the broad elite and the narrow elite
who have drawn away from the rest of the country and formed enclaves and cultures of their
own. They eat different foods. They drink different alcoholic beverages. The upper class,
for example, has a disdain of extraordinary force about domestic mass market beer. You
will never see Budweiser in the refrigerator of a member of the new upper class. They raise
their children differently. They go to different churches. They have different religious attitudes
in general, if they go to church at all. In almost every way they have folk ways that
separate them from mainstream America. Take television for example. The average television
set in the United States of America is on 35 hours a week. That’92s probably too much,
but the fact is, the people that are watching that television get an exposure to a popular
culture in very large doses. What does the new upper class watch on television?
Downton Abby , Madmen , the more adventurous probably watch
Breaking Bad i0 ’96 but aside from that, they don’t
really watch TV. And, in fact, a lot of them will say to you, Gee, we don’t even
really have a TV anymore. Okay, that’s fine. I’m not saying there’s something
virtuous about watching TV 35 hours a week. I am saying that when you have that kind of
divergence in that single behavior you have part of the reason that you have an ignorance
of, and oftentimes a disdain of, mainstream America by the new upper class, which is very
problematic in terms of the future of the country. One of the things in the book that
really worked was my Bubble Quiz. You know, I faced the problem of because my audience
really is upper middle class and upper class people, especially young people, and I
wanted to convince them of the degree to which they are isolated in many cases. And since
a lot of times you can’t bring too much quantitative data to bear on that, I said,
Well, I’ll let them prove it to themselves. So I have a 25 item quiz in it, and a high
score means you are not in an upper middle class bubble. And a low score means you are.
So some questions are the importance is very obvious, have you ever lived in
a neighborhood in which more than half of your neighbors did not have college degrees?
For example. Some of them are a little mischievous have you ever stocked your refrigerator
with mass market American beer? Since the signature of – one of the signatures of the
new upper class is that all their beers are handcrafted small batch boutique beers. Other
questions, to me, are really significant in what they say about the larger aspect of a
person’s life. For example, have you ever walked on a factory floor? Not necessarily,
have you worked in a factory before? Have you ever seen a factory floor close up. remembering
for a moment that all of these wonderful objects that fill your lives were made almost
all of them ’96 on factory floors? If I had to pick out the one question that I think
is the most important of all it is this: Have you ever held a job that caused a body part
to hurt at the end of the day? It’s okay if you just have feet that ache because you’ve
been standing on your feet all day. That counts too. But if you have never held such a job,
you are intrinsically, inherently, ineluctably unable to understand the lives of a great
many of your fellow countrymen who do hold such jobs. I hope that the quiz has had a
salutary effect on bringing to people’s attention the degree to which they live in
a bubble that seals them off from an awful lot of their fellow American citizens.

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100 thoughts on “Charles Murray: Are You a Snob? Take the Test.”

  1. EX BRITISH FORCES PATRIOTS CHANNEL says:

    Nice genuine guy,I have watched a few videos.

  2. EX BRITISH FORCES PATRIOTS CHANNEL says:

    Poor people watch TV, because they don't have the money to do the activities that people with money can do.

  3. the_oppressive_notification says:

    Let’s take their capital, cash and otherwise, and we’ll see how much “craft beer” and disdain for the common products they’ll have. This smooth sounding prick worries about the symptoms, not the enabling conditions. So if you feel left out, just force yourself into liking draft beer, and not having inherited wealth. So please, keep the capital system of inheritance in place, and on-forward, race to “draft beer”. Disgusting bourgeois fascist apologist.

  4. juscurious says:

    I'm middle middle-class and I drink micro-brewed beer, not to be a snob but because I think it tastes better. I know a few working class Brits who have moved to US and they dislike Budweiser because it's too light of a beer for them. But I will drink Budweiser if it' the only beer around. But Murray is absolutely right about what he's talking about. I have exposure to both worlds and I understand the distain the upper class whites have for lower class whites. It's truly horrible. Most upper class whites are extreme hypocrites.

  5. greatsea says:

    Look, I like a lot of things he says but he is wrong about craft beer being a particularly "upper class" thing. There are a few different "divides" that are being confused here. I know a fair amount of upper class people in my own city who drink the whole gamut of mass-market cheap beer and I know a bunch of poorer people who are TOTAL beer snobs. A lot of stuff he was saying here just doesn't ring true with me.

  6. Jeff Bedrick says:

    So drinking crappy beer will make me a better American?

  7. Nox Regis says:

    4th generation college graduate who scored 58 lol.

  8. Justin Lipper says:

    I could listen to this silky smooth voice all day.

  9. Zman888 says:

    What's similar between Budweiser and having sex in a canoe? Both are f****g close to water.

  10. TGGeko says:

    The quiz is not about if you have highbrow, sophisticated tastes or anything like that. It's about how likely are you to be able to relate to the vast majority of americans.

  11. FaithsFallen says:

    He lost me at religion!

  12. Menstrel says:

    Charles Murray has promoted facts and been crucified on the altar of political correctness and denial. But please please….. get a better haircut.

  13. Charlie Wiltermood says:

    my score was 0.

  14. Dissonantia Cognitiva says:

    I'm a 48
    48–99: A lifelong resident of a working-class neighborhood with average television and movie going habits. Typical: 77.
    42–100: A first-generation middle-class person with working-class parents and average television and movie going habits. Typical: 66.

    The higher the score, the thinner your bubble

  15. Adam Bernstein says:

    The fact I made it to 4:56 of your video puts me into a different class from most Americans: The curious and those who value knowledge. I think a more telling test than what job makes your body ache are the people who work 40hrs or more per week at one, or more jobs, and still can't make ends meet, vs those who live below their means, invest and have disposable income. BTW: Mr. Robot-Possibly one of the best series of the decade. The viewership falls into largely two camps: people who love the show, and people who don't know what you are talking about. I've not watched Breaking Bad, but I would probably like it. I've never watched a full episode of Seinfeld. Given all this, I've flunked "The Everyman" test, I'm sure.

  16. Walter McMain says:

    lol

  17. Sean Michaels says:

    If you're wealthy, materialistic, ignorant, or shallow you're a snob by default.

  18. jorge aldridge says:

    Everyone should watch tv it made me a great man

  19. Taxtro says:

    Unable to understand? Ok then I don't have to care about them. That's the same thing the Left says: You cannot understand people in different situations from you.
    Ok. Then there is no reason to trust them about anything.

  20. BonesTheRabbit says:

    P R O B L E M A T I C

  21. Tony D says:

    You can't understand someone whose shoes you've never been in. I believe Socrates said that as well.

  22. Leonard Wong says:

    Elections are a 1 man 1 vote system. Let in too many refugees/illegals and you risk being outvoted. (legally or illegally.) Remember… they will reproduce too. Also… if terrorists and criminals are hidden among refugees, they could gradually increase in numbers and vote their agents into your government. This causes social problems which in turn ruins your economy too. Every country's government must be responsible for their own people, not let foreign nations care for them. Accepting refugees/illegals encourages their corrupt governments to continue ill treating its citizens. There are other ways to help.

  23. FiveFiveFive OneTwoOneTwo says:

    “Have you ever lived inna neighborhood where more than half your neighbors did not have university degrees?” Why YES!!! When I was undergraduate at my elite university, my dorm was filled with high school valedictorians now pursuing their university degrees!

  24. halneufmille says:

    The new upper class doesn't watch TV. They watch Big Think.

  25. Norman Mullins says:

    Now for the blunt question: what is to be done?

  26. A Mishel says:

    TV is passé. Informed people are on the web.

  27. topspinaurelius says:

    this guy do realize you can worked hard physical jobs in a factory and still don't like watching TV and the piss poor 3 major brand of American beer! What a joke of casual categorization

  28. Robert Renk says:

    I’m a mixture. I don’t drink any alcohol and I watch maybe 3 hours worth of tv a week. Yet I’ve worked a job that caused my legs to ache and I have been on many factory floors

  29. Spoony Quine says:

    I took the quiz and found that it got me wrong because my own bubble is so bizarre. I am far from privileged but got a score of 34.

  30. Bazagi Derp says:

    Snobs would never click a video with such a title.

  31. PeeGee BeeDee says:

    3:15 DUFF
    3:42 NEVER Walked In One Or Seen One Up Close, Charles!
    4:05 ONLY Here In Huh Why E (Hawaii), Charles! And Right Now My Arm Is Aching From Doin' Them Dishes (Repeatedly Scrubbin' Them Dishes, So I Can Have 'Em Shinin'* Like Some Dishes, Charles)!

    *The Shinin'!

  32. Steven Chong - Creative Corner says:

    Wow, I’m in less of an elite bubble than I thought I was based on those questions.

  33. Robert Anderson says:

    the bevin boys all helped gb

  34. M. J says:

    This video was viewed by precisely 592 snobs

  35. Mandy Simmons says:

    Oh thank God.  I still love Budweiser.  I'll hide my bud regular in the produce drawer.  I live out among the fru fru's now ( in a mid sized house that took me 30 years to get ) but I'll never be one of them.  I went to school with my own realtor and he lives in a mansion but he was raised in one.  Back then the poor kids ( me ) and the rich kids ( him ) shared a school.  He took the bus home and I had to walk.  Now,  he lives in a bubble.  He tried to show us homes 100 K higher than what we needed and wanted.  He's a nice snob tho.

  36. tetrabromobisphenol says:

    The idea that not watching television puts you into a bubble is bizarre. I would argue television is precisely what is leading most of the people of this country right into a bubble where they are influenced to accept a creeping moral decay and an apathy that tolerates such decay. Sorry if you think I'm a "snob" for preferring to read books, hike, exercise, or interact with friends…you know, live in reality rather than experience it vicariously.

    Furthermore I've been to more NHRA and World of Outlaws races than probably 98% of the "mainstream working class" people he has surveyed. This idea of dividing up people into neat little groups is getting pretty old and pointless.

  37. Miss Cameroon says:

    Dear Sir,with due respect, let me disagree ,common culture is just a consumerism, it is just what since classic times has been called plebeian masses,fed and satisfied by "panem & circenses"-food stamps and TV reality shows.

  38. Bubbas Meisa says:

    Charles Murray and Jordan Peterson are two CELEBRATED capitalism-apologists and that is all they are. No dummies needed in their world. This is snobbishness of the first degree, and don't be fooled by the soft voice and unflappable demeanor.

  39. Rand Huso says:

    Where's the quiz?

  40. CCC XYZ says:

    this guy is treated as a racist by many leftists, maybe because saying the obvious and the truth now is racist.

  41. Nietzschean Middleman says:

    "Have you ever lived in neighborhood in which more than half of your neighbors did not have college degrees?"  There's a loophole or ambiguity in this question.  How would you score living in a college dorm or near campus while earning your degree?  Technically you and your roommates live in an area where no one has a college degree (yet).  IMO this should be scored as living in an area with lots of college graduates.  Ditto for boarding schools I guess.

  42. z z says:

    Interesting,I would add that there is a side of the elite/left that think it's hip to drink the cheap stuff and blue collar ,like me,who go for the craft beer…but yes I get his point.

  43. Aaron Long says:

    Wait, so if I think Budweiser is crummy beer, I'm a snob? That would make literally every European on the planet a snob. Sometimes there are products which are fobbed off on an unfortunate populace which are, quite simply, mediocre. Budweiser is definitely one of those things. In fairness to Bud, it's not entirely their fault: American barley is not the same as what they grow in Europe, and the differences in the cultivars' protein content change the color and clarity of the beer, so Bud and their competitors add rice to the malt to make a more light-colored product. It's a classic example of a products whose flavor is compromised in favor its appearance.

    But let's grapple for a moment with Charles Murray's core tenet, which is that upper-class people have disdain for 'ordinary Americans'. Well, that may be true, but it's hardly unique to America. Every society in the world has class divisions. What makes America different is how our egalitarian philosophy and laws can get co-opted by people who want discredit the motives, opinions, and goals of educated people. Simply put, conservative demagogues have been cozening the working class people of this country, spouting tons of propaganda whose aim is to cater to their vanity, and foster bias against 'elites', a.k.a., people who are more educated and accomplished than they are.

    Also, is it really necessary to share your taste in beer to have respect for someone? Do I need to visit a factory in order to care about the conditions in which factory workers toil? I think it's far more important to have compassion for your fellow man than it is to share their experiences, pleasures, or occupations. I don't need to do a shitty, low-paying job to understand the people who do them, and I don't need to be a garbage man to want garbage men to receive a fair, living wage for their work.

  44. Henry Toromoreno says:

    Though this was only published 5 years ago, many of the assumptions he makes about TV consumption are no longer true … and not because of snobbery, but because so many 18 and under kids don't ever watch TV, though they may watch programming online and via one of the channel services. Also, his assumption about tastes in beer is a bit anecdotal, since many of us consumed domestic beer when we were younger and it was cheaper, and then the microbrew explosion arrived and we were a little older, had a little more money and wanted to try more beers.

  45. S Droid says:

    This is largely bullshit. You could just as easily argue that what this guy calls mainstream America are really the ones who are living in a bubble. It is an anti-intellectual bubble that was manufactured for them by Republican elites to keep them stupid and subservient. Downton Abbey and Mad Men were two of the most popular tv series of all time — Is this guy suggesting that some small, rarified elite were able to give these shows their ratings? It makes no sense. Tons of common working class, and lower-middle and middle-class Americans watched those shows. Quality beer has grown in popularity for the same reason. Regular Americans who are not part of the right wing anti-intellectual bubble have discovered something better. Since when is better not better? I grew up lower-middle class, but with a proud intellectual heritage. Reading was encouraged. Intellectual development was encouraged. The people who insist on drinking low quality beer as a cultural middle finger to people who are open to new ideas, are making their own bed, and they will haveto sleep in it.

  46. Stephen C Yang says:

    Mr. Murray was correct then, now-2018 seeing disappearance of much of middle class, and extreme income inequality favoring the top 0.1%; America has been in decline and is trapped towards insolvency, or bankruptcy, eventually face social upheaval.

  47. JustEffinLetMeIn1 says:

    How do you reckon teetotaller Trump would answer those questions ?

  48. Kirill Khvenkin says:

    and who pushed for Universal Health Care for all Americans?

  49. Steven Chong - Creative Corner says:

    Does it count if I've walked on a factory floor in Japan while interning during my study abroad at one of Tokyo's elite international universities? lol

  50. jess jess says:

    Where is the quiz?

  51. pure garbage says:

    I watch T.V. some, but mostly news. I hate reality shows!

  52. Mr. JustAGuyWithALightsaber says:

    So you're just inventing a group of "elite" people based on guesses? Is there some sort of study backing up the 100,000 estimate? This "test" has poor questions. What if you just don't drink alcohol? While I do think a lot of people in the media, academia, and Hollywood do have an elitism complex, I pin that on the result of the echo chambers inherent to those worlds. You shouldn't have to have actually experienced something yourself to be able to empathize with it.

  53. Bbb Mmm says:

    I think THIS guy is out of touch.

  54. Anataro says:

    Rather week quiz.

  55. Philip McGee says:

    You are so correct sir. To escape the bubble after becoming a professor at a major research university I remained living in the small southern town in which I was raised (80 miles away). Because my field is training and human development, I wanted to stay close to "real" people, people who actually work for a living. It was one of the best decisions I ever made, emotionally, spiritually and professionally. I am now retired and live in the same house I did 40+ years ago. What have I learned over the years? Snobbery and sophistication are not the same thing. Sophisticated people know how to put others at ease, snobs do not.

  56. YL Storage says:

    the audacity to generalize in such blatant manner is snobbish.

  57. S. Sagen says:

    I'm a white, upper-middle-class snob with an IQ three standard deviations above average. Unmarried, atheist, no children, no television, no beer either domestic or foreign in my refrigerator, and… I can't understand why everyone else isn't just like me. I'm a cultural elitist. What's worse, I think I wear it as a badge of honor. I don't want to understand the rest of America. I want them to understand me. There's no hope for us as long as there are more and more people like myself. Sigh. I'm the problem. And, I'm unwilling to change.

  58. S C says:

    Well if domestic mass market beer weren’t swill akin to otter piss I wouldn’t disdain it.

  59. jim bob says:

    I get his point about cultural bubbles but his quiz sounds so reductive as to be totally misleading. I would say the vast majority of working class people havent been in a factory either. The same way the factory workers likely havent been to farms.
    Meanwhile, if sore feet count as painful work then i'm sure that's broad enough for every bourgeoisie to pat themselves on the back and say 'gee my '''bone spurs''' sure hurt today. Im such a hard worker'

  60. bikerusl says:

    LOL this guy is in such a bubble that he doesn't see how out of touch his cultural identifiers are with our current culture.

    Old people like mass market beer. Younger people like boutique beer. Because it's a modern trend. The relationship to class that he suggests is way way way off base.

    You walk on a factory floor if you live in China, rich or poor.

  61. Martti Suomivuori says:

    Do you watch 'Shameless' -?

  62. Nelson's Rudolph says:

    Charles Murray burnt a cross during the civil rights movement. He admits it.

    http://mailman.lbo-talk.org/1999/1999-February/001952.html

  63. bigmassivebrid says:

    My score was way off said I was second generation upper middle class even though my parents are working class, they both didn't go to secondary school, grew up in vast poverty, had no electricity/running water etc but most of the country was like that too at the time but then worked when they got older and raised a family and ran a farm. I don't think this test works If you're not American. I mean class isn't really a thing where I'm from in Ireland especially if you're from the country where I'm from, everyone is pretty equal not really the case in Dublin but elsewhere we don't really think about class. I just don't watch the tv very much and I don't drink generic beer cuz I don't drink alcohol at all. I also don't know anyone who got less than Cs at school cuz I guess people in my area were just smart, it wasn't a private school or anything but people scored really high on exams. I don't hang out with smokers when they are smoking cuz I know it's bad for your health not cuz I'm a snob! The college thing doesn't really apply to Ireland cuz 90% of kids when they finish school go to college cuz education is free (more or less I think registration fees have gone up in recent years, it was free when I went anyway) Having an education is not a privileged thing here, everyone is entitled to it.

  64. Mrs. Enys says:

    Don’t watch TV. Can’t stand beer. Never been in a factory. Don’t know my neighbors. But I would guess, according to the price of these houses, that at least half of them have a degree. But if not, they have high paying skilled jobs. (A degree doesn’t always equal intelligence) it does equal debt though.

  65. N2 D says:

    (((the narrow elite)))

  66. Gordon Myers says:

    Now hate speech is thinly masquerading as "Big Think"?

  67. Argus Garage says:

    Murray is talking about a segment of Americans who, because of their income, education and social circles, are insulated from bad public policy that is destructive to the rest of us. For example, they live in gated communities free from the impact of vagrancy. They don't feel the effects of illegal immigration because they work for the Fortune 500, not in the trades. The failures of public education don't affect their kids, who go to exclusive private schools. The Elite love to support leftist or globalist ideas because it allows them to claim social consciousness without ever having to suffer the consequences. Their financial and cultural bubble gives them the luxury of such idealism. Just listen to any Silicon Valley techie or Ivy League professor and you'll quickly understand how desperately out of touch they are with the average Joe.

  68. MJ NYC says:

    What test?

  69. Timothy Lee says:

    Budweiser beer is made with rice, it is the ingredients in any recipe that is the foundation of it's taste. If you are comfortable about believing everything you see on tv you might fill your refrigerator with cheap beer but if you educate yourself about what you drink, a six pack of a all malt locally brewed beer might be a better choice. Beer snob, maybe. Factory worker, differently.

  70. Erik Kovacs says:

    Can you run for public office and use "My body has ached after a day of work" as a campaign slogan? I guarantee no other opponent would say let alone experience that.

  71. julle huu says:

    im a super snob

  72. Eric says:

    Who would've thought that success and money make people think they're better and more deserving than others.

  73. z bowyer says:

    Good manners are more important than money and how I gauge someone's "class".

  74. Liesel Giesbrecht says:

    The use of the word "snob" in the heading is a strong misnomer. In his book "Coming Apart," Murray doesn't use the work "snob" to describe the new upper class. They're increasingly different than the new lower class, and THAT is the material point. He argues that the upper class needs to recognize that their lifestyle and values are increasingly at odds with the rest of America, and that they must learn to have compassion and understanding for their fellow citizens to prevent America from fracturing. The quiz is meant to be a means of bringing self-awareness to the mostly upper-class readers of his book – it's not meant to diagnose narcism or snobbery.

  75. Vma Dd says:

    Doesnt make much sense. I have lived in a neighbourhood where most people didnt have a college degree, and I dont have a television because I dislike ads, news, and most of the content they show. And I have had terrible boring low payed jobs.

  76. Bob Burnitt says:

    It seems to me, we have ALWAYS had "classes" that set people apart. People very often act like this is something BRAND NEW we NEVER had before, and that is simply not so. We have ALWAYS had class distinctions and ALWAYS WILL. It is inevitable.

    I was born in 1951 and have lived in rural areas nearly my whole life. I have witnessed it for DECADES. I have been TOLD during WW II it seemed to MANY PEOPLE that the class distinction was "loosened" during that time, but after the WAR was over, it returned almost overnight.

    I believe this "class distinction" is innate and will always be with us to some degree. If you really want to see a "Class Distinction" join the Military. Fraternization is not permitted, an "EM" is not 'welcomed' in an Officer's home, unless he is a servant.

    People wil always do this, always have, always will, BB

  77. Jim Elliott says:

    I must be one b/c my TV, now, probably doesn't make 35 hours a MONTH let alone a week.

  78. Silver Legend says:

    1:04 Shunning Budweiser is nothing to do with snobbery or class, it is simply that it is tasteless 'near-beer'.

  79. Andrew Kerbs says:

    Murray contradicts himself. He says the elite has refused to preach to the lower class the kind of customs they practice (hard work, intact families) yet insists that that same elite is out of touch with working class customs which would imply the elite needs to emulate them (which would contradict the need to teach the lower class how to live). Furthermore, Murray touts the virtues of UBI but lambasts welfare. Can someone please tell me the difference because if there is its a pretty small one. UBI reinforces work but only up until the point when many middle class jobs are automated. At that point, UBI becomes just glorified welfare which is more expensive to tax payers than regular welfare because everyone gets it (regardless of income). UBI would also be less effective since its a cash payment that people may not spend on physical needs but waste on drugs, electronics and other vice. How much time would pass, were the US to expand its welfare state, before the coffers of the rich elite (who still reap good benefits of work) are to dry up and the US must be propped up with IMF-funded loans because no-one works a job that pays off well enough to support a family?!

  80. Cali G says:

    And if you are a neurosurgeon? My feet hurt at the end of the day! 😘

  81. Beau Peep says:

    [chuckles cynically] I do one better: My former 2 jobs cost me 3 lumbar discs and subsequently causing severe lumbar- and compressed-nerve pain (chronic sciatica); it's like having a triple hernia (but with no discs left to coax back into the spine) and a leg that feels like electrocuted…

  82. CurtNerd says:

    Seems like most of his comments are based upon income. Nothing more to say

  83. awkward moments says:

    I call "snobs" the people who pretend they're intellectuals

  84. Debra James says:

    You don't have to be in the upper class to be a snob. It's a mentality

  85. Donnie Willis says:

    I worked at Walmart as a teenager, but I lived in an upper middle class town of which almost everyone had college degrees. Does this mean I'm inherently snobbish? To judge someones character based on such materialistic and shallow measures is a waste of time and a great disservice.

  86. Phill Huddleston says:

    Good thing I don't have to worry about passing the snob test, I would however ace the redneck test.

  87. Robert Vincelette says:

    The American Enterprise Institute has a vested interest in imposing a culture which keeps everybody down, obediently drinking their Budweiser, reading their celebrity gossip, talking about sports, conforming to what advertising has programmed their peers to conform to in order to make them less inclined to think for themselves and to be their own persons. This opium for the masses offers a blissful fortress of cultural relativism behind which the public is intimidated to keep their place and dismiss any work of art, literature, healthy lifestyle, or concert music that threatens to make life human. It is less profitable for the corporations the American Enterprise Institute represents if a musician has to train for years and earn the right to perform on a concert stage rather than spend a couple of weeks preparing to go on American Idol.

    Nobody can be blamed for wanting a divorce from a commercial pop culture which offers them nothing capable of making life worth living. that is why we should dismiss most accusations of snobbery in cultural choices and lifestyle choices which we can choose for ourselves as nothing but sour grapes.

  88. Dutchy says:

    that is not what a snob is, at least not where I live. A snob is someone who for instance brags about reading some newspaper because that newspaper is considered to be read by the upper class or the smarter people in that particular society. Here in Dutchyland such a news paper is called NRC. They use sophisticated language but on worldly matters they lie 24/7, just like their masters tell them too, just like CNN is a lying bunch of thugs. But the readers are even more stupid. 1 of them remembered Julian Assange as that strange looking fellow on the balkony. Thats what the elite is all about here in Dutchyland.

  89. TheDrNinjaman says:

    This guy is a hack. He's not offering any new insight, he's just perpetuating cultural divisions to sell books, without offering any solutions. "If you don't drink cheap beer you can't have a point of view." Bullshit. There are plenty of college educated professionals that can interact meaningfully with anyone. Writing an "elite" off as an out of touch snob is just as ignorant and wrong as an "elite" writing off a factory worker or bus driver as a mouth-breathing neanderthal.

  90. None Ya says:

    I watch a lot of TV, but it's mostly YouTube content. Very informative documentaries.

  91. Joseph Stokes says:

    While watching this I broke my tooth opening my beer bottle! Next time we'll get imported beer!

  92. Ado422 says:

    Where is the test ?

  93. Robert Anderson says:

    factor agent steward legitamator legislator hand reard all thEy GET TO TALK TO

  94. Gorecki says:

    Solution : the elites should watch television while drinking Budweiser, after doing some kind of manual labor

  95. Art Deco says:

    Political Scientist – LMAOoooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  96. Alexander Mulholland says:

    "Have you ever walked on a factory floor" – In my part of the UK most of our factories have been closed down and moved elsewhere. Many people here are def. working class, but working for Amazon as delivery drivers and in warehouses and so on. You also have call centre workers on zero hours contracts who make infinitely less than self identified "working class" tradesmen, e.g. plumbers, who have their own small businesses and employ people. There are also supermarket workers, cleaners, waiters/waitresses…

  97. david Handy says:

    Thats a global problem, and he is only worried about gringos. And somehow he is not living in a bubble!

  98. jastat says:

    35 hours of TV per week! I think I watch 35 hours of TV per year! Does this put me in the elite along with the Illuminati?

  99. Keumnim Lim says:

    Made me heartbroken to see Charles Murray dealing with angry students with perfect dignity. They called him names and turned off the lecture room light. I bet they did not read two pages of his book. Thank you so much for still speaking and publishing.

  100. Evan Schmidt says:

    This is what happens when fascists are given a platform… class consciousness is co-opted into racial nationalism, with the end result being another heap of totalitarian garbage

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