Elite[s] and elitists, Cooper and Others

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Wed Nov 5 04:22:03 EST 2003

> Hmm, elitist, monarchist, racist, doggist (I've
> really heard this one) fascist...... the ist
> suffix doesn't do the same thing to the meanings
> of all these words or, by analogy to racist a
> monarchist would be anti monarchs, or some
> monarchs, well it makes my head hurt really. I'm
> not at all sure whether an elitist is someone who
> thinks they are a member of an  elite which is
> superior and deserving of privilege; or somebody
> who thinks that granting privilege and/or giving
> over decision making to  an elite group is a good
> thing; or both. Just believing that elites exist
> doesn't make you an "elitist" in my view, thats
> about how you behave around, and what you believe
> about the status, of elite groups.

Indeed - otherwise someone who believed in nature would be a naturist - and
I'm sure there are more where that came from...


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