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What Elitism Is Not

As part of the cultural revolution roiling the West, childhood heroes become adulthood heroes as Metallica’s James Hetfield lashes out against the Leftist elite culture of the San Francisco Bay Area:

Hetfield says that in the Bay Area, ‘there was an elitist attitude there – that if you weren’t their way politically, their way environmentally, all of that, that you were looked down upon.’

‘They talk about how diverse they are, and things like that, and it’s fine if you’re diverse like them. But showing up with a deer on the bumper doesn’t fly in Marin County.’

Elitism is the philosophy of favoring quality over quantity, since quality and quantity have inverse relationships to one another. It means that instead of judging something for its social, emotional or political value, you look at how well it accomplishes what it purports to do. Elitists recognize that 90% of humanity are idiots and not surprisingly therefore that most human products are worthless.

An elitist will turn down a Big Mac in favor of a steak, but will not go to the new restaurant in town whose claim to fame is being ironic, hip or cute instead of having great food. For the elitist, the focus is entirely on food, and and he or she will sacrifice other things valued by everyone else — atmosphere, novelty, ironism — in order to pursue that quality.

This is why elitists are so rare. What Hetfield is describing in the Bay Area is the opposite of elitism; these people do not prefer time-proven quality, but socially-hip “progress” that is really just a way of virtue signaling how enlightened and wealthy they are.

In the meantime, here is all you need to know of Mr. Hetfield’s music:

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