Eliding Elitism Entities?

Nick Carbone (nickc@MARLBORO.EDU)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 10:55:31 -0400

What is wrong with being elitist? I mean we use the term perjoratively on
ourselves, more vociferously sometimes in the internicine battles
some departments have when clashing theorists meet in the halls and on
committees, than even those political entities--Robertson, Dole, Reed,
Bennet, Channey, Sikes, Will, et. al.--who decry elite academics, or
redundantly in their view, liberal elite academics.

So we read certain books and have a loose consensus among peers that the
ideas contained therein are important, ones we want to dance with, and
that others who care to join in should, to really get into the swing, at
least with us and our moves, read the same stuff, or at least enough of it
to fake it.

If that's elite, that we're calling the tune at the moment, so what.
We're not the only dance in town.

Nick Carbone, Writing Instructor
Marlboro College
Marlboro, VT 05344