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The Failed Decade.....The Twilight of the Elites

Society & Culture  (tags: Chris Hayes, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Twilight of the Elites, elite culture, intelligence, inequality, independent thinking, video )

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Have the elite leaders of our meritocratic society failed us? Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes speaks with Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel about the ways intelligence is used to detrimental ends, and how we can ensure it is used for good.

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Sheryl G (363)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 9:54 am
He speaks on how every piller in society has been discredited. How we have been living under this destructive intelligence. How people can be intellectually intelligent but without compassion, empathy, and prudence we end up having major problems.

Chris Hayes is a very intelligent man himself, a thirtysomething that has compassion and empathy. I think you'll like this video. Please watch, he to me hits the nail on the head in his coversation, and I like his program Up too.

Michael M (60)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 9:55 am
We note that the euphemisms such as "meritocratic" are prominent rhetoric in this culture. Neither intelligence nor merit are necessarily directed toward making cash.

Should you doubt this, you might want to explore the massive numbers of willing miners for gold, MBA degree holders (ask them biology questions, physics, human understanding in any way from recognizing wholeness of other cultural views to personal psychology), large property owners, political decisionmakers. They certainly know something about working together with their "old boys network."

"Smartness?" Intelligence is a questionable catchall term. The obsessive focus on personal wealth to achieve social status is not shared by all extant cultures, and certainly not some viable past cultures: The giveaways of hunter-gatherers is a reflection of social status gained through ongoing skills. The wealthy would give away everything they possessed because they knew they had the skills to get as much again. More importantly, they shared with the less capable of their tribes!

If you study the results of the last 2010 US census, you will find that the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting relatively much poorer.

It is all too common in this culture to experience a sense of entitlement, becoming morally outraged when the validity of one's rapaciousness is questioned. The roots of the miseducation leading to this require deeper change than is commonly offered as remedy.

It is highly probable that the allowed spectrum of sociopathy in this culture is far greater than in any other. It is possible as well, that those who digress from social empathy will always seek and rise to political power. The remedy for this is not at present popular.

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:04 pm
noted.Thanks Dandelion,at least there are some intelligent people willing to speak up.

Barbara K (60)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:05 pm
Great Video, watch him on Sat and Sun mornings, and love the show. Thanks, my friend.

Pat B (356)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:53 pm
Thank you, Dandelion for this one. Good video, BTW.!!

Christeen A (368)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:22 pm
This was extremely interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Edwin M (346)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:26 pm
I love this guy, I just watched him this morning "UP with Chris Hayes" Intelligent and compassionate a rare combination in our society today.

Roger G (154)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 3:46 pm
noted thanks !

MmAway M (505)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 7:08 pm
Oh Sheryl Love your News! Thank you sweetie!

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 7:25 pm

Alice C (1797)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 7:40 pm
Thank you Sheryl : )

Susanne R (235)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 11:41 pm
When Chris Hayes explained why he calls the first decade of the 21st century "the failed decade," I couldn't help but notice that every failure that occurred during that period had its roots in the Bush presidency.

Great video, Dandelion. Thanks for posting it! Down with elitism and destructive intelligence!

Devon Leonar (54)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:17 am
Thanks Dandelion, Paul Hayes has a very fluid mind and plenty of compassion as well !! I hope we can turn the tide with all the manipulated denials regarding Climate Change...and that scientists and governments around the world will work together for all our common good.....

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 6:28 am
Thanks everyone, you hit a nail on the head Nyack, is why I also included the vote women into Congress video that Christeen had put on for her first story. For those who have not seen it link is below.
Susanne, what you say is totally lost on me why so many forget that very thing you mention, during the Bush days.

TomCat S (129)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 8:28 am
It is already at the top of my books to buy list.

Geela Green (2)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 10:11 am
Wonderful book. Wonderful video. Chris Hayes, great host and author. Watch his show Up with Chris Hayes, weekends from 8 to 10 a.m. on MSNBC.

David C (131)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 12:18 pm
very thought provoking...

Brian Beecher (0)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 12:30 pm
Did not listen to video this time but am familiar with scenario and know it is very insightful. Our leaders have for far too long been engaged in a dance of denial. Isn't it time for the ballroom to be closed?

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 12:52 pm
It is an insightful video Brian, and has a particular take on things that is not discussed often enough, so I think you would of gained the insight provided had you watched it. Is worth the 16 minutes in my way of thinking. Thank you Dave for checking out the video, is how I found it too, thought provoking.

Mary T (178)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 1:09 pm
Thanks Dandelion for posting this video, I think Chris Hayes hits the nail on the head I watch his morning show every weekend, This is one book that I am going to buy, I find a lot of so called smart people do lack compassion, Chris is not one of them.

Jean A (14)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:23 pm
The failed Decade and twilight of the elites. I feel we are changing because we have a serious agenda and that is climate change. No deniers anymore oh a few Republicans but we all know that change is coming, China wants to spend billions to go green. My sister couldn't breathe the other day, she has asthma and it will only get worse. The entrepreneurial freedom businesses have means to give back to the country and we must insist on it. The Cheney's must go. Maybe you are smart but where is the common sense.

Roseann d (178)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 3:02 pm
The sooner they fall, the better for all of us.

M B (62)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 3:48 pm
He's so right !! What a poor intellect if it's not nourished with compassion, empathy, etc. That's what I admire of HH the Dalai Lama. What a big difference that is to Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Bush senior & junior. If we want politics to change, we need other people than those cold hearted. It seems comfortable to hide behind euphemisms...but time is running out, and we should demand a "real" person to become the president of the U.S. !! Think about it. Set a standard and see whether the polititian can live up to it, rather than passing "institutions" only.

Talya H (10)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 5:20 pm
Thanks for the article!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday August 27, 2012, 2:20 pm
Some of the Nazis were very, very smart. The German Universities at the time the Nazis came to power, were regarded as the best in the world; and German Science, was by far the most advanced.
Somehow, the German Universities and German Science caved in to the Nazis and Nazi demands and "purges" of Jewish professors and scientists, with hardly a murmur! There was a wee bit of resistance by just a few -- who were heroes who often gave up their lives. Or fled. But the Academic System as a whole, in Germany in the '30's -- just went along.

Lack of Compassion, Judgement and the other qualities Chris Hayes mentions, was certainly there.
My parents were in the German Higher Educational System just before the Nazi takeover, but left Germany before that happened. It has bothered me all my life, HOW could this have happened? My parents, and people in Germany at that time, thought that "a Good Education" was the solution to ALL life's problems. It bothered me, bothers me still, and I come close to feeling out some answers, but I could never REALLY figure it out.


Thank you for this video. The NATION Magazine should be regularly read by everyone!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday August 27, 2012, 8:17 pm
I think Chris is from a class above the vast majority, and i think he is Almost as out of touch with the common citizen, as the elite he writes about. He talks as if it is no big deal the way things are. He has no clue what it is like to wonder if you're going to be able to keep your home, or even be able to pay for all the kids extra-curricular activity costs, or anything most of us have to deal with on a regular basis.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:17 am
On the contrary Robert O, I think Chris is very in touch with the common people and is doing all he can to bring the awareness of what they are going through. I think somehow you missed the message on this video or check out his program on MSNBC called Up on weekend mornings or read other things he has written. He is an intellectual, is doing ok financially, but he does have compassion and he "gets it." We, the majority of the people, as you say, need more of his type.

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 8:03 am
'Up with Chris Hayes' on MSNBC is one of the few shows I check in with these days. This video is excellent. I want to read his book "The Twilight of the Elites" now. He can be a bit frenetic in his manner sometimes, so it's nice to see him here calmly and quietly explaining his views. He really has it so right as regards the various kinds of "intelligence" that go unheeded. I couldn't help but think of Rmoney (my new spelling choice for Romney) when he speaks of the pure IQ numbers existing without compassion and connection to others. This is a common trait in those diagnosed with Asperger's autism, which I'm coming to believe is Rmoney's diagnosis, too. Thank you, Dandelion, for bringing us this brilliant video. I've forwarded it to others via email, too.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 9:58 am
Thanks Caitlin, and I like the new way you spell Romney, looks fitting enough.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 6:23 pm
Noted & thanks for posting, Dandelion. The Nation has some great articles...full of facts, unlike some other publications. I became a subscriber during the Bush Regime. Great interview!

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 11:10 am
I catch his show when I'm not working...Agree with you Sheryl. He's in touch with us and directs his topics accordingly.

Patricia C (825)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 7:16 am
Noted. Thanks!
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