Elitism And Elitism In America

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Elitism In America Elitism in America American democracy was designed to allow its citizens full control in choosing who will become their next leaders. However, at the present time this is not the case. It has been seen in recent elections that those in power are not what the popular opinion wanted. Rather we have the vast majority of America highly underrepresented and the minority controlling the government like puppets on a string. Elitism has become more apparent in American society in the past ten years than it ever has been. What can be done? Do we just sit back and hope for the best as it slowly gets worse? Or will the elite keep more and more power? This paper will argue and attempt to address the issues of not only elitism…show more content…
How did it get to this point? A background in elitism according to Abramowitz stems from the ideology of self reliance and personal freedom. The main idea is that the individual is responsible for themselves in order to achieve the greatness that they desire. The main issue is that those who achieve restrict those who are not at their level from being heard. The counter to elitism are the theories of egalitarianism and populism, which are doctrines in which they support the rights and powers of the common people in their ongoing struggle with the political elitism, they believe that all people are equal. Also, a strong belief that the common people can work together and have an equal opportunity to participate in democracy. (Abramowitz, 2003 pps.3-5) Each doctrine can be attached to a specific political party, to help understand who the elites are. Egalitarianism and Populism are best associated with Democrats. Whereas self reliance is associated with Republicans. Is there a way for all for of these doctrines to achieve a middle ground? Yes, there is hope of leveling the playing field for all sides rich or poor to have an equal chance. Elitism has turned voting into a competition, it wages the outcome of votes upon all citizens. Important issues on civil liberties are divided as a part of that side’s political advantage. (Sniderman 1991,…show more content…
The elites feel that if immigrants are willing to come here then they should be self reliant, and have personal freedom. They should not be cared for something that the blame the left for implementing. The elites of America will pick and choose which type of immigrant they will use as a scapegoat. (McFarland, 1987 pg.145) There is a sense of elitism then between immigrants. However this should not be a surprise, this story has been told at various points in history and the outcome is the same. Even if the immigrants do win, the never fully become equal with the elites. How can this issue of elitism finally be solved? Can we balance the playing field? Or does the structure need to crumble first then be repaired? Yes, elitism can be phased out, is there a clear answer? Elitism is intertwined in many issues that in order to end elitism, the focus needs to be on a specific issue. If people begin attacking different issues then elitism will just become
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