The American Interest
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The Weekend Read The Irony of the Elite

The elites in Washington and Wall Street seem not to care about their decadence and even take joy in revelations about it.

Published on February 22, 2014
Peggy Noonan is worried about the decadence of elite American culture. The folks over at DailyKos are foaming about the irony of a Reagan speechwriter like Noonan complaining about the excesses of the power elites, but she makes an important point about the corrosive effects that irony has on elites and on culture more generally. The two targets of Noonan’s scorn are “Now This News” video compilation of real Congressmen quoting their favorite lines from the Netflix series House of Cards, and the recent publication of an excerpt from Kevin Roose’s new book Young Money. “House...