Toynbee & McLuhan

Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2005 06:04 am
  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 1 • Views: 521 • Replies: 2
No top replies

Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2005 12:24 pm
But university professors today are really nothing more than specialists themselves--to a large degree, they help legitimize the rule of a wealthy or power elite. I would argue that the "creative minority" has long since become the "dominant minority." In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Weber shows how a new class of wealthy arose in the early days of capitalism. Governed by the protestant ideology of that time which stressed thrift and wealth as signs of being among God's 'elect', the early capitalists amassed great fortunes. This process is exemplified in early America where there was far less conflict between the old feudal aristocracy and rising capitalist class. These early capitalists would rightly be considered the "creative minority" in America.

Their descendants have consolidated their power and resources, have largely ceased expanding economic opportunities from which the broader society may benefit, and in fact have arranged the economic system in such a way as to help continually redistribute wealth to the wealthy (i.e., themselves). In effect, the descendants of the early capitalists have become the "dominant minority."
0 Replies
Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2005 12:32 pm
McLuhan marking. and, coberst, welcome to A2K.
0 Replies

Related Topics

How can we be sure? - Discussion by Raishu-tensho
Proof of nonexistence of free will - Discussion by litewave
morals and ethics, how are they different? - Question by existential potential
Destroy My Belief System, Please! - Discussion by Thomas
Star Wars in Philosophy. - Discussion by Logicus
Existence of Everything. - Discussion by Logicus
Is it better to be feared or loved? - Discussion by Black King
  1. Forums
  2. » Toynbee & McLuhan
Copyright © 2022 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.06 seconds on 05/24/2022 at 09:45:41