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DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Marquette University threatened to rescind student’s admission over pro-Trump TikTok video.

Why is leftism a cesspit of intolerance and oikophobia?

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: NHDem Senator: Working-Class Parents Don’t Have Intelligence to Oversee Their Kids’ Educations.

IT’S BEEN CAREFULLY NURTURED BY ALL THE BEST PEOPLE: ‘Oikophobia’: Our Western Self-Hatred.

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: Liberal Media Scream: CNN ridicules Trump, supporters are ‘boomer rubes.’

Flashback to Glenn’s January 2017 USA Today column: New status anxiety fuels Trump derangement.

THE RAGE OF THE DEMOCRATS: “What underlies the rage of the Democrat Party and of the leftist Democrat Establishment vis-à-vis President Donald Trump?”

I think it’s status anxiety, coupled with oikophobia — which itself is just a product of status anxiety.

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: Media Continues With Awful Hot Takes About Armed Churchgoers in Texas Shooting. Stephen Kruiser writes:

Almost immediately after it was discovered that several armed churchgoers drew their weapons to stop a gunman at a church in Texas last week, the anti-gun mainstream media types have been trying to tell the public that armed, law-abiding citizens are a bad thing.

The New Year’s Day installment of media malpractice hyperbole arrives courtesy of the nauseatingly leftist USA Today:

That’s quite a well-earned ratio that USA Today received for being “terrified” of everyday Texas parishioners. Read the whole thing.

HOW DARE THEY MARGINALIZE HER EXPRESSION OF HER CULTURE: Whitney Cummings Claims She Was Reported to Human Resources for Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to Intern. The vast majority of Americans (even those who aren’t religious) celebrate Christmas. That means that wishing people Merry Christmas is normal. Leftists don’t like the very concept of normal, which is why they’re always trying to marginalize and undercut such expressions. Which is why saying “Merry Christmas” is treated as oppression, while finding someone’s Greta Thunberg pin offensive is . . . also oppression. It’s oikophobia, straight up.

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: Jamele Hill Says Trump’s Made White Democratic Voters Unlikely To Vote For Anyone But Biden.

It’s the quadrennial return of the blue-on-blue bitter clingers argument!

RICH LOWRY: Woke Assimilation: Teaching Our Politicians To Hate America. Oikophobia, like other forms of hate, must be taught.

Related: De Blasio’s hate is now mainstream for Dems and other commentary.

FLASHBACK: ‘Tolerant’ educators exile Trump voters from campus.

Related: Oikophobia on the rise after Trump win.

THE REAL REASON SOME BRITS DON’T LIKE TRUMP:

Trump-bashing isn’t a political stance — it’s a snooty mocking of white-trash America. To Brits who fancy themselves as cultured and sophisticated, Trump has become the ultimate white-trash symbol: an ill-speaking, junk-food-eating, language-coarsening dimwit of a man who has no right to meet out wonderful, pristine monarch or to walk a red carpet. Obama’s wars and authoritarianism were forgivable because he was so handsome and charming. Trump’s wars and authoritarianism, in contrast, are held up as threats to morality and decency because the kind of people who are most keen on Trump — rough and ugly Americans — are themselves seen as a threat to morality and decency.

What we saw in London was a massive display of one of the Western world’s ugliest prejudices — middle-class British disdain for gaudy Americana and tacky Yanks.

None dare call it oikophobia.

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: Shocked by Alabama, NPR Listeners Ask How ‘These People Call Themselves Americans.’

‘I HATE ALL OF YOU’: JUNO WRITER REGRETS THAT HER MOVIE WAS PRO-LIFE.

Chiu writes that “having her breakout movie be associated with antiabortion messaging is a regret that has troubled [Diablo Cody] for years.”

And who could blame her? You try sleeping at night with all those live babies haunting your conscience.

“In a way I feel like I had a responsibility to maybe be more explicitly pro-choice, and I wasn’t,” Cody said during a Planned Parenthood benefit event in 2017 marking the film’s 10th anniversary, Vanity Fair reported. “I think I took the right to choose for granted at the time.”

“I didn’t think it was ever going to get made,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking as an activist. I wasn’t thinking politically at all.”

And if we take no other lesson from this sad story, let it be that — a good progressive is always an activist. She thinks politically 100% of the time and is always on guard against incursions of normal human feeling and thought.

According to Chiu, Cody quickly saw the error of her ways when she got “A letter from her Catholic high school thanking her for “writing a pro-life movie,” she said, describing it as the “most horrifying thing.” The piece added:

“I was like, I … hate all of you, and I’m as pro-choice as a person can possibly be,” she said.

“I … hate all of you.” Clearly, Cody’s once again a progressive in good standing.

Why is leftism such a cesspit of oikophobia?

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE, LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY AND OIKOPHOBIA: Elitist Harvard Exec Gets a Taste of SJW Justice After Racist Encounter Goes Viral.

Cambridge resident Alyson Laliberte was playing outside with her daughter on the afternoon of July 14 when a neighbor she’d never met before approached her and asked her if she’d “move so her kids could nap.” And after Laliberte refused the woman sat on the curb and condescendingly (and with a smug look on her face) badgered her, asking her to prove she really lived there, and telling her to leave the property.

The kicker? When the woman asked Laliberte, whose daughter is mixed-race, “Are you one of the affordable units, or are you one of the Harvard units?” She didn’t even ask, “Do you live in…” one of the affordable units; she asks it as if Laliberte IS one of the units. The question is disgusting either way, but the way it’s asked implies that residents of “those” units are less-than.

Read Laliberte’s Facebook post below, and watch the video:

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She will go outside Laliberte’s window and scream so Laliberte can’t sleep. That’s mature, but not a surprising mindset from someone who obviously thinks because a person’s skin isn’t white they must live in an “affordable” unit.

In what’s one of the funniest twists of irony I’ve seen this year, it turns out that Lund is the Executive Director of – wait for it – the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative!

Read the whole thing.

OIKOPHOBIA ON THE RISE AFTER TRUMP WIN: In “‘Jell-O Girls,’ a Dark Family History Behind a Candy-Colored Dessert,” Times reviewer Jennifer Szalai drops this clanger:

Jell-O, meanwhile, gets the full semiotics treatment, as Rowbottom shows how it went from a modern, scientific foodstuff to a relic of soul-killing suburbia. As sharp as her insights often are, this is a book in which Everything Signifies. Even a digression about the catacombs in an Italian monastery includes some Jell-O symbolism. You occasionally want to tell Rowbottom to ease up: Sometimes a Jell-O mold is just a Jell-O mold.

To paraphrase Pauline Kael’s infamous (and often bowdlerized) quote about Nixon’s voters, I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who lives in suburbia. Who the others are, I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m writing a book review, I can feel them.

(Via John Podhoretz; classical reference in headline.)

21st  CENTURY HEADLINES: Being Heterosexual Was Her Biggest Hurdle. Now for the Rebound.

About to be the first female basketball player inducted into San Diego’s sports hall of fame, Candice Wiggins wanted to make a strong statement for the next generation. She sat down with her hometown paper to speak her truth to her community. It did not go according to plan.

The former WNBA star alleged in a fateful February 2017 interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune that her heterosexual orientation and popularity caused her to be bullied throughout her professional career. Her romantic preference for men, and the accompanying locker room headaches, was the “biggest hurdle of my career.” The kicker: “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay,” Wiggins said at the time. “It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules.”

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The backlash was deafening. Some players, like Atlanta Dream center Imani Boyette, said they understood Wiggins’ concerns but were disappointed in her drastic overstatement. Others went the route of character assassination. The point guard’s college coach landed somewhere in between. “I don’t know that math was ever Candice’s strength,” Tara VanDerveer told the San Francisco Chronicle. “That to me sounds homophobic and negative.”

Wiggins admits that “98 percent” was “just what it felt like to me,” and she has since avoided the topic. “I knew it was painful, but it was my personal story, not the ultimate truth. My priority was helping people understand why I left,” she says. And Wiggins maintains that she has heard from supporters in private. “No one likes to discuss it because it’s such a private point of view,” she says. “One girl who had a much less successful career than me reached out and thanked me for speaking out. She was disappointed in her career.… That doesn’t make me happy, but it does make me content.”

Why are Democrat-monopoly institutions such cesspits of bigotry and oikophobia?

OTHERING: A white guy in a Confederate flag shirt stopped to help a black father change his tire. To Tariq Nasheed, this is how ‘white supremacy works.’

Plus, flashback: Oikophobia on Rise After Trump Win.

Also: I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties.

Another flashback: Vicious Stereotypes In Polite Society. Today’s story is really a recapitulation of this one, lacking only a feminist law professor’s rape fantasies.

OIKOPHOBIA ON THE RISE AFTER TRUMP WIN: New Yorker: Chick-Fil-A Is ‘Creepy,’ ‘Pervasive’ for Being Christian.

Iowahawk advises that Manhattan’s only hope is to “build a wall to keep out those icky foreigners.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

UPDATE: Rod Dreher rhetorically asks, “Would the New Yorker have published a piece critical of a fast-food chain owned by pious Muslims, characterizing their appearance in New York City as an ‘infiltration,’ and saying that because of its ownership, the restaurants do ‘not quite belong here’? Of course it wouldn’t. So why do they single out Evangelicals for this spiteful treatment? I think we know the answer, but I wish editors at the magazine would ask themselves this question.”

They’re too busy still trying to figure out what happened in November of 2016. But the New Yorker’s self-parody today is also a reminder of how accurate Ted Cruz’s “New York values” quip during the campaign was.

OIKOPHOBIA ON THE RISE AFTER TRUMP WIN: Misdemeanor charge filed against Texas councilwoman and @MomsDemand volunteer for berating teen girl in a Trump shirt.

(Classical reference in headline.)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Counterfeit Elitism.

Thus spoke MSNBC panelist, Yale graduate, former Republican “strategist,” and Bush administration speechwriter Elise Jordan.

Jordan likely knows little about San Joaquin Valley family dairy farmers and little notion of the sort of skills, savvy, and work ethic necessary to survive in an increasingly corporate-dominated industry. Whereas dairy farmer Nunes has excelled in politics, it would be hard to imagine Jordan running a family dairy farm, at least given the evidence of her televised skill sets and sobriety.

Read the whole thing.

Plus, flashback: Oikophobia on Rise After Trump Win.

Also: I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties.

Another flashback: Vicious Stereotypes In Polite Society.

I GUESS THAT EXPLAINS DETROIT: Hurricanes Don’t Kill Cities: People Do.

Cities that believe in themselves are hard to kill. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey many pundits have urged Houston to abandon many of the traits that have made it a dynamic, growing metropolis, including key elements of its light-handed, pro-business regulatory regime.

Houston, we are told, should retrench and reduce its sprawl; Slate recommends New Orleans’ post-Katrina shrinkage as a model. This goes against the best of urban tradition. Great cities generally do not shrink themselves.

Many cities have rebounded and even improved after far more lethal devastation, including London, Berlin, Tokyo and New York. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city ultimately constructed a downtown that may well be the world’s most beautiful. San Francisco famously rebuilt itself after the 1906 earthquake and fire into “a new and improved city” that has evolved into an integral part of the world’s dominant tech hub.

In contrast cities that destroy themselves from within, like Detroit after the 1968 riots, and New Orleans before Katrina, can decline for decades.

Urban resiliency requires two things: an ability to learn from experience and, per Northeastern University’s resiliency expert Daniel Aldrich, a commitment on the part of its residents to improve their city.

Unlike New York or New Orleans, Houston is not celebrated by the mainstream press or intellectuals; its residents have been portrayed as hypocritical religious fanatics and even neo-Nazis, despite living in what may well be America’s most diverse city.

Well, you know, oikophobia.

THE SENTIMENTS THAT PROVOKE OIKOPHOBIA: “I’m just working – just earning a living for me and my son. She’s no better than me because she can draw.”

From the comments: “She is condescending, which is a trademark of unearned self-esteem.”

Plus: “Take it from someone who has spent the past week watching lawyers, engineers, software developers, students and teachers rip flooring and drywall out of flooded homes: the people who do this crap for a living are pretty freaking valuable, and they don’t deserve anyone’s contempt.”

MSM ADMITS THEIR OIKOPHOBIA:Media fear Trump will inspire violence against reporters.

THE VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM PINCH AVENUE. Left-Leaning Documentary World Seeks Right-Wing Perspective:

Three of the 10 top-grossing political documentaries ever are the work of the right-wing polemicist Dinesh D’Souza. The most powerful documentarian in the country is the White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon. Still, the rap on documentaries is that they preach to a left-leaning choir, one still trying to figure out how Donald J. Trump became president.

To that end, the American documentary establishment — financiers, festivals, filmmakers — has begun a determined effort to support films made by, for or about the other side of the political divide, one that they themselves say they’ve failed to bridge. The objective may be more about political conversation than conversion, but the wish to engage the “other” in a Trump world raises questions about why nonfiction cinema speaks largely to the like-minded and liberal.

The media left have been continually trying to figure out the rest of the country since 1969, when Time magazine declared “The American Middle Class” its collective “Man of the Year,” and wrote about their customers in a strangely detached anthropological fashion that Henry Luce (a moderate Republican), the magazine’s then recently-deceased founder, would have been floored by. And nothing has changed since – the “other” in quotation marks in the above quoted excerpt from the New York Times  is a particularly nicely done touch of oikophobia.

(Classical allusion in headline.)

OIKOPHOBIA IN THE STRANGEST PLACES: When Did Young Tech Workers Become The Enemy In San Francisco?

We might start with David Talbot, journalist and founder in 1995 of Salon, which despite its financial and editorial turmoil of recent years, was one of the pioneers of web journalism. One might think that with this background Talbot would recognize the creativity and value of the current young tech entrepreneurs migrating to San Francisco. Instead, he has made it his mission in recent years to cast them as aliens and threats to the city.

Mr. Talbot, now a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, regularly declares that the city doesn’t feel like home to him anymore, with the new tech millennials and their money. In a recent column, he explains that he can at least still find comfort in his Bernal Heights working class neighborhood. He contrasts his warm, supportive diverse neighborhood with the cold, homogenous tech workers who are buying up $3 million houses in the area. “Yes the new tech money is invading our oasis,” Talbot declares, “but the street still feels anchored around the committed San Franciscans who grew up here or came here following a dream that did not simply involve getting rich.”

First, as anyone who lives in San Francisco knows, this picture involves multiple misrepresentations. The neighbors he describes live secure, comfortable lives as non-profit administrators, government officials, and public interest lawyers; none is remotely working class. Further, they are not a diverse group; most hold the same politics and world views. Talbot fails to mention that he and his neighbors were the people who gentrified the neighborhood in the 1990s, and drove out the construction workers, teachers and retail clerks who previously had lived there.

Forget it Jake, it’s San Francisco — not only are young tech workers the enemy there, so are young hippies moving into Haight-Ashbury. Why, it’s as if those who pound the theme of “change” the hardest are those who are most terrified of the notion when it actually impacts their own lives.

SMUG PROGRESSIVE TRANSPLANTS HELP TO EXPLAIN TRUMP’S VICTORY IN RURAL WISCONSIN:

The piece opens with the dismay of Andrea Myklebust, a left-leaning sculptor who moved to Pepin county from the twin cities because she liked the look of it:

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Here, the urban elite isn’t a faceless, distant other: It’s the enclave of liberal, mostly Twin Cities newcomers who have moved here over the past few decades—not just an abstract political imposition, but an actual physical presence. It has spawned anger and bitterness, a simmering undercurrent of alienation among many people locally born and raised. It has made “Democrat” mean something it didn’t mean a generation ago. And it was made manifest on November 8…

“We have found a whole community here,” said Pat Carlson, Wally Zick’s wife, “of very like-minded—it’s going to sound elite—but bookish, artsy, I’d say compassionate … organic foodies, the whole nine yards. It’s all transplants. It’s mostly liberals.” As for this election, and the locals, she continued, “I think they thought the liberal elite was looking down on them, and I guess, in some ways, we were. Because we couldn’t believe anybody would vote for Trump.”

Bless her heart – she went full Pauline Kael. Actually, Myklebust went far beyond Kael — the New Yorker’s film critic became infamous for simply saying that she didn’t know anyone in her elite urban circles who voted for Nixon. Myklebust is apparently terrified of the crimethink that would occur if she ever pondered why her fellow residents of Pepin County Wisconsin would vote for Trump over Hillary.

Perhaps, unlike the clay she works with, she was worried that the icky red state values might not ever wash off of her. As Fred Siegel wrote three years ago in The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, “The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s. ‘Rid society of the dictatorship of the middle class,’ Parrington insisted, referring to both democracy and capitalism, ‘and the artist and the scientist will erect in America a civilization that may become, what civilization was in earlier days, a thing to be respected.’”

Even if she didn’t know how old that credo is, Myklebust and her “Progressive” enclave in Pepin County  appear to have taken it to heart; but missionary work generally starts with a certain amount of sympathy for those whose territory you’ve descended upon, rather than a sense of smug superiority and oikophobia. Myklebust calls her fellow leftists “compassionate,” but that’s a rather abstract idea to them, apparently.

THEY TOLD ME FEAR AND HATRED WOULD RULE IF TRUMP WERE ELECTED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! My USA Today column: Oikophobia on the rise after Trump win: Irrational fear of fellow countrymen is spreading among America’s ruling class.

THEY TOLD ME FEAR AND HATRED WOULD RULE IF TRUMP WERE ELECTED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! My USA Today column: Oikophobia on the rise after Trump win: Irrational fear of fellow countrymen is spreading among America’s ruling class.

ANNALS OF OIKOPHOBIA: ThinkProgress Senior Editor Is Scared Of His Plumber:

A visit from a plumber left ThinkProgress senior editor Ned Resnikoff “rattled” due to fear that the plumber may have voted for Donald Trump.

Resnikoff stated his fears in a November Facebook post, a screenshot of which is now making the rounds on the Internet.

The plumbing visit, which came four days after the 2016 election, became a harrowing experience for Resnikoff even though the plumber was “a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional.”

“He was a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional,” Resnikoff shared. “But he was also a middle-aged white man with a southern accent who seemed unperturbed by this week’s news.”

Resnikoff said his fear was rooted in the chance that the plumber knew he was Jewish.

“While I had him in the apartment, I couldn’t stop thinking about whether he had voted for Trump, whether he knew my last name is Jewish, and how that knowledge might change the interaction we were having inside my own home,” he said.

The “uncertainty” of the situation left Resnikoff “rattled for some time.”

This reminds me of law professor Wendy Brown’s backwoods encounter with a man in an NRA hat who helpfully fixed her car, only to be the star of a Yale Law Journal article in which she speculated that he might have been a rapist. That produced Doug Laycock’s memorable piece, Vicious Stereotypes In Polite Society. (Really, click through and read it, you’ll be glad you did). Things haven’t gotten any better in the 25 years since. (And I remember Laycock telling me at the time that he was disturbed to have some of his colleagues tell him — quietly, when no one was around — that he was “brave” to have published that piece. Moreso today!)

On the other hand, I had some workmen at my house a while back and the foreman looked at me and said, “You’re the InstaPundit, right? I read you all the time . . . but I’m really one of Ace’s Morons.” And I felt good about that.

HENCE, TRUMP: Virtue-Signaling SJW Leftist San Francisco CEO Tweets to Middle America: Stop being a Sh*thole full of Stupid People:

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Future dictionary editions will include the above tweet in their definition of oikophobia.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans.

The thing is, the “media elite” is disproportionately made up of people who are addicted to smugness, and hold deep psychological issues going back to high school. That leads to this particularly toxic form of oikophobia.

OLYMPIC OIKOPHOBIA: ‘Little Known’ Olympic Shooters Snubbed by Sponsors While Media Play Dumb — Media ignoring America’s shooting athletes, scaring away corporate sponsors.

THE ROOTS OF OIKOPHOBIA:

My grandma (Mamaw) recognized this instinctively. She said that most people were probably prejudiced, but they had to be secretive about it. “We”–meaning hillbillies–“are the only group of people you don’t have to be ashamed to look down upon.” During my final year at Yale Law, I took a small class with a professor I really admired (and still do). I was the only veteran in the class, and when this came up somehow in conversation, a young woman looked at me and said, “I can’t believe you were in the Marines. You just seem so nice. I thought that people in the military had to act a certain way.” It was incredibly insulting, and it was my first real introduction to the idea that this institution that was so important among my neighbors was looked down upon in such a personal way. To this lady, to be in the military meant that you had to be some sort of barbarian. I bit my tongue, but it’s one of those comments I’ll never forget.

The “why” is really difficult, but I have a few thoughts. The first is that humans appear to have some need to look down on someone; there’s just a basic tribalistic impulse in all of us. And if you’re an elite white professional, working class whites are an easy target: you don’t have to feel guilty for being a racist or a xenophobe. By looking down on the hillbilly, you can get that high of self-righteousness and superiority without violating any of the moral norms of your own tribe. So your own prejudice is never revealed for what it is.

A lot of it is pure disconnect–many elites just don’t know a member of the white working class. A professor once told me that Yale Law shouldn’t accept students who attended state universities for their undergraduate studies. (A bit of background: Yale Law takes well over half of its student body from very elite private schools.) “We don’t do remedial education here,” he said. Keep in mind that this guy was very progressive and cared a lot about income inequality and opportunity. But he just didn’t realize that for a kid like me, Ohio State was my only chance–the one opportunity I had to do well in a good school. If you removed that path from my life, there was nothing else to give me a shot at Yale. When I explained that to him, he was actually really receptive. He may have even changed his mind.

What does it mean for our politics? To me, this condescension is a big part of Trump’s appeal.

Trump is a symptom of the political class’s toxicity. Naturally, they’d rather we think he’s the toxin.

OIKOPHOBIA, BIG DESTROYA: Liberal Journalists Seethe With Hatred on Twitter When Republicans Applaud Gay Speaker at RNC.

Take pity on the coastal DNC-MSM elites; it’s not easy watching your stereotypes about flyover country being destroyed before your eyes in real-time.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED INSTITUTIONS SUCH RAMPANT CESSPITS OF OIKOPHOBIA AND RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE? Petition Asks CNN to Terminate Sally Kohn for Anti-Christian Bigotry on Orlando Shooting.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF OIKOPHOBIA? College students in San Francisco think Trump supporters on campus are ‘scary.’

“And apparently there was chalk, too. No wonder they were terrified.”

San Francisco believes in diversity and tolerance — as long as you think the same way as everyone else there.

WHEN OIKOPHOBIA MEETS XENOPHILIA: Asylum seekers given priority for hospital visits: An admission by Austrian health officials that asylum seekers have been given priority for hospital visits has been greeted by angry reaction. It’s coming as quite a shock to many people to realize that those who govern them feel no particular loyalty towards them.

DEMS SURE SPEND A LOT OF TIME CALLING PEOPLE PHOBIC: Roger Simon: Are Republicans Crazy Xenophobes? Answering Fareed Zakaria. “Trump is a symptom, not the problem. And the problem is the cancer in Islam itself which people like Zakaria (and Obama) refuse to accept or even name, deflecting the issue to Trump’s pronouncements.”

My question: What have the xenos done for us lately? And maybe, with Obama’s election being an example of xenophilia, others are asking the same thing. An excerpt from my earlier post, during the now-prescient Giuliani flap:

Obama’s appeal in 2008 lay in no small part in xenophilia: We’re so open-minded, we’re not just electing a President with a Muslim-sounding name, we’re electing a President with the same name as our most recent wartime foe! It let people feel enlightened, and progressive.

But all those differences that seemed so appealing can quickly flip into grounds for suspicion, especially when the object is behaving suspiciously. After all, if — like me — you believe in evolution, you might think that xenophobia, as such a well-established human trait, must have had beneficial functions: Maybe the xenos couldn’t be trusted, or even expected, to have the polity’s best interests at heart. Maybe, when people start getting worried about the polity’s future, those novel characteristics that once seemed so appealing now seem threatening. So while there’s a general reason the establishment wants to take the patriotism question off the table — patriotism is unsophisticated, and so limiting — there’s also a specific reason, which is that it’s something Obama’s vulnerable on right now, and it’s something the establishment can’t afford to cast Obama loose on, for reasons internal to its coalition.

I think the fact that the Dems are doubling down on their latest phobia charge is related to this. Meanwhile, the one phobia they won’t talk about is oikophobia.

OIKOPHOBIA III, ENTER THE MEDIA: The Media’s Snob Problem: Trump’s Gold Palace and Carson’s Jesus Painting.

SON OF OIKOPHOBIA: Team Obama’s ridiculous Paris remarks highlight its lame mindset on ISIS.

IT CAME FROM OIKOPHOBIA:Dartmouth’s apology to its students’ … attackers.

OIKOPHOBIA IS SO IN THIS SEASON: Watch: Most Journos Fail to Stand for Anthem at Democratic Debate.

OIKOPHOBIA IS A FORM OF DEMENTIA: It leads you defend all those who injure your home.  The City Council’s ‘heroes’ from hell.

THE UGLY JUNCTURE OF ELITISM AND OIKOPHOBIA: Students Rally Around Peer With ‘No Sympathy’ For Dead Cops At $60,000-A-Year Brandeis.

OIKOPHOBIA IN ACTION: Jesse Walker: I think I accidentally started an urban legend. My bad.

Someone once said that if a spooky legend catches on, it says something true about the anxieties of the people who believe and repeat the tale, even if it says absolutely nothing true about the subject of the story itself. My yarn may be more funny than scary—that’s what I was aiming for, anyway—but the idea that people would prohibit a harmless children’s book is still pretty frightening. And it’s not hard to imagine what underlying worries might be at work here.

Many educated elites live in fear of Bible-thumping troglodytes haunting the hinterlands, some great redneck beast slouching towards Washington to make Sarah Palin president. Book-banning stories are tailor made to fit that terror. Palin herself had to deal with rumors in 2008 that she had fired a librarian who wouldn’t remove offensive texts from the shelves. The Guardian once ran an Amanda Marcotte editorial under the headline “The Tea Party moves to ban books.” The editorial contained exactly zero examples of Tea Partiers trying to ban anything.

There really are crusaders out there whose fear of demons leads them to try to suppress speech. Just ask the American Library Association. But there are also people whose fear of demons leads them to imagine book bonfires where none exist.

Yep.

SO THIS PIECE BY JAMELLE BOUIE SAYS THAT blacks share the views of most Americans on corporal punishment, and that’s the white man’s fault. Take it from somebody with African family — the attitudes on corporal punishment over there are pretty stout, too.

Bouie’s real problem is that while 70% of Americans support corporal punishment, basically nobody among the politico-journalistic Clerisy does. So defending blacks on the ground that they’re just like other Americans risks someone throwing an oikophobia flag — ewww, just like other Americans? Yuk.

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: ObamaCare Debacle Could Kill Big Blue:

Sounding like some kind of Fox News contributor, the left-leaning Edsall goes on to point out that the Obamacare dream ignores some basic realities about the way the world and the government work. Democrats pitched the Affordable Care Act as a law that would let the haves keep their doctors and their plans while giving more care to the have-nots, meanwhile offering Amazon levels of service to all comers through a magical website. Now that the quest for that kind of system is looking more like a misguided unicorn hunt, Edsall suddenly, horribly, begins to see just how foolish and utopian the whole project was . . . But as critical as these words seem, Edsall remains a loyal son of the left even as he mourns what he fears may be the greatest liberal failure since the Vietnam War. He blames the Obamacare debacle on the selfishness of middle class American whites— nasty, unenlightened racists that they are—who want to hog all the health care for themselves rather than share equitably with people of color. . . .

Here Edsall is simultaneously overestimating the policy sophistication of the white middle class and underestimating its morality. While it is true that, as Edsall points out, Obamacare is an aggressively redistributionist program that intends to shift hundreds of billions of dollars away from the middle class to the poor, I don’t think many voters have done the math on this. They are not reacting to the $455 billion in Medicare cuts that help to feed the Obamacare beast because not many people really understand how the new system is supposed to work. And at the same time, unlikely as it may sound to the finely tuned consciences of the New York Times editorial page, there are scores of millions of middle class white Americans who don’t hate minorities and would actually like to see things go better for them.

Edsall is not the only one who doubts the goodwill of many middle class whites. Over at the proudly port-listing Plumline blog at the Washington Post, Greg Sargent hammers the theme that America hates Obamacare because America hates poor blacks.

It’s a dumb and desperate argument, but what else have they got? And it flatters the oikophobia of their core readership, such as it remains. Quoth Mead:

Middle America isn’t frothing over Obamacare because we are a nation of racist policy wonks who did the math and hate the blacks. The public is angry first (as Edsall mostly seems to understand) because of the supremely infuriating blend of incompetent arrogance our Second Lincoln has brought to the greatest domestic challenge of his presidency. They are angry because an expensive and cumbersome new piece of social engineering looks badly engineered. But in the second place, they are angry because the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and its journalistic spear carriers in the MSM systematically misrepresented the nature of the new system.

They lied about the plan then, they’re lying about the racism now. That’s who they are, that’s what they do.

THE WHO’S ROGER DALTREY SLAMS BRITISH IMMIGRATION POLICY. “The Who frontman Roger Daltrey said Britain’s loose immigration policy has created a poor work atmosphere for ‘my mates’ and, for that, he will never forgive the nation’s leading politicos.”

The Labour Party did this, of course, for political reasons, and out of oikophobia. Luckily, nothing like that could happen here.

FOUND: Fat applicants suffer discrimination in university interviews. That’s not surprising. It’s the oikophobia.

NICK GILLESPIE: Is Sarah Palin A Libertarian?

No, but she’s closer than anyone we’re likely to elect. But she’s not cool enough for a lot of libertarians. Though you’d think after the disastrous “Obamatarian” fad, they’d have learned about cool.

UPDATE: Reader Alysia Lucas writes:

Sarah Palin *is* the closest thing to a libertarian. Alaska is one of the more libertarian states in the US due to the kinds of folks who settled the state. She was a very popular politician there before the national media tore her to pieces.

I’ve long thought that people confuse her actions as a mayor and governor (more libertarian-leaning) with her expressed personal beliefs and how she lives her own life (as a committed Christian). I’ve read both her books and she comes across as an intelligent, practical person who understands the fallibility of man. I think she subscribes to the doctrine of setting up laws such that even the wrong people are forced to do the right thing. I think both she and Rick Perry would favor a more minimalist government than the current administration.

I think she’s a victim of oikophobia, a prejudice to which all too many libertarians are prone, alas.

JAMES TARANTO: The Parochialism of ‘Diversity’: Explaining the naiveté and hypocrisy of multiculturalism.

Multiculturalists are no less prone than other human beings to be hostile to out-groups. It’s just that they are willing to accept almost anyone foreign, or otherwise identifiably different, into their in-group. The only out-groups they readily recognize are familiar, domestic ones, like the “other communities” that, according to Rae Binstock, “don’t have to deal with the idea that lots of communities of different people have to coexist.” It all goes back to oikophobia.

So much does. Plus: “Moral responsibility is the essence of humanity. It is what sets Homo sapiens apart from other animals. Assigning moral responsibility to whites while denying it to nonwhites is therefore a way of dehumanizing the latter. Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy.”

PROGRESSIVE POLITICS AS “RECREATIONAL OVERLORDING.”

WHY WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT GUNS: “I’ve come to realize after the Sandy Hook shooting that the reason we can’t have a rational gun debate is because the anti-gun side pre-supposes that their pro-gun opponents must first accept that guns are bad in order to have a discussion about guns in the first place. Before we even start the conversation, we’re the bad guys and we have to admit it. Without accepting that guns are bad and supplicating themselves to the anti-gunner, the pro-gunner can’t get a word in edgewise, and is quickly reduced to being called a murderer, or a low, immoral and horrible human being. You might think that’s hyperbole too, but I’ve experienced it personally from people I considered friends until recently. . . . How can we ‘gun people’ honestly be expected to come to the table with anti-gunners when anti-gunners are willfully stupid about guns, and openly hate, despise and ridicule those of us who own them? There must first be respect and trust — even just a little — before there can be even the beginnings of legitimate discussion of the issue.”

As with most lefty causes, the key driver is a craving for moral superiority, usually driven by oikophobia.

UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes: “This part of Snell’s column bears repeating: Gun people don’t trust anti-gun people because they lie to us. Yes, they do. For that reason alone, I will not trust them. Period.”

DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Why Are Evangelicals Underrepresented Among the Legal Elite? I’m pretty sure that oikophobia plays a significant role.

COLORING THE NEWS: “The New York Times twists a police-bias trial beyond comprehension,” Heather Mac Donald writes at City Journal: 

It takes determination to out-demagogue New York City’s anti-cop advocates, but the New York Times has done just that. A front-page article in Friday’s print edition announces: BRONX INSPECTOR, SECRETLY TAPED, SUGGESTS RACE IS A FACTOR IN STOPS. The story goes on to claim in its lead paragraph that a secretly taped recording “suggests that, in at least one precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped.” In fact, the exchange in the recording, between a police officer and his precinct commander, suggests something altogether different: that crime determines who is stopped by the police. But reporter Joseph Goldstein has twisted the taped conversation into a poisonous indictment of the police at a time when anti-cop passions, already enflamed by irresponsible city politicians, are running dangerously high.

So according to recent articles in the New York Times, not only is the NYPD racist, but so are many of the Times’ own readers. To borrow from former editor Howell Raines’ motto, the Times appears to be flooding the zone – with a fair amount of paranoia and oikophobia.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

“What is the gun community going to do about this tragedy?”

“I dunno. What is the gay community going to do about Penn State?”

Ouch. But a fair response to unfair stigmatization. With the gay community, everyone would complain about smearing millions for the deviant and predatory behavior of a few.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse gets it.

Plus, from Dr. Weevil:

Wait, is garage mahal actually so stupid that he can fail to see a reductio ad absurdum right in front of his nose?

I’ll try once more to explain it.

InstaPundit thinks that it would be absurd and ridiculous to blame all gays for the minuscule percentage of gays who are serial rapists. His whole point depends on us seeing just how ridiculous that would be. He is trying to get morons like AF and garage mahal to understand that is equally ridiculous to blame all gun-owners for the minuscule percentage of gun-owners who commit mass murders. But some lefties are so in love with the idea of calling all gun-owners and NRA members and Republicans mass-murderers that they are unable to understand a simple analogical reductio ad absurdum.

Their hatred has overwhelmed whatever reason they possess. Which, on the evidence, was never that much.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More:

Which clearly shows who the real bigots are. The right did not blame homosexuality for Penn State, but the left cannot resist its bigotry against gun owning citizens defending their rights – rights guaranteed clearly in the text for 2 centuries.

It’s a bigotry borne of oikophobia.

NEWS FROM THE NEW ARMY: “I had no idea that a combat zone would be such a sexually charged environment. . . . There’s nothing that compares to making love at war.”

UPDATE: A reader emails:

While I understand the premise, did you notice the “Jesus obsession” bit?

I’m guessing a similar letter referring to a “Mohammed obsession” would not have seen print…or be written in the first place.

Another example of oikophobia?

Yeah, probably.

WELL, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG: Early on Friday morning, I wrote:

CHANGE: White voters poised to abandon Obama in droves.

If so, here’s a sneak preview of how the postmortems will read.

The “sneak preview” was a link to Jonathan Last’s November 1st, 2010 article in the Weekly Standard, which compared and contrasted the warm light in which liberal journalists bathed their fellow countrymen in November of 2008, with the anger the same journalists viewed their customers just two years later. The cause of such a dramatic mood shift was traced to the sudden and debilitating case of oikophobia the MSM developed beginning in mid-2009. These symptoms began to appear concurrent with the formation of the initial Tea Parties. Despite its early diagnosis that year by Reason’s Jesse Walker, the initial case of oikophobia, left untreated,  metastasized to near fatal conditions the following year, as it became increasingly apparent in Beltway and Manhattan newsrooms that the GOP was likely to recapture at least one house of Congress.

Today, as Jazz Shaw writes at Hot Air, “AP survey finds Americans still a bunch of racists… even if they don’t realize it:”

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WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Green Fail On The Campaign Trail:

It’s not much of a surprise to see this from Romney, but this is a major shift for Obama. The president’s 2008 campaign was filled with grand statements about how we needed to implement bold new plans to combat climate change, and for the first two years of his administration, it seemed as though he would be likely to follow through. Green jobs programs, subsidies for electric cars, and even pie-in-the-sky carbon-trading schemes were all discussed, and some were eventually passed.

Those days are long gone. The closer we come to the election, the less we hear about green and the more we hear about brown, about oil and gas drilling. Obama wants to win in November, and he’s clearly made the (correct) choice that he can’t do it if he continues to be the green candidate.

This is a testament to the spectacular failures of the environmental movement to articulate any policies that aren’t political suicide for those who support them. When Obama was elected, many Greens felt that their time had come, that one of their own was sitting in the Oval Office. But it only took two years of political defeats and embarrassments to convince the president and many of his party colleagues that the green movement’s polices of choice are political non-starters.

This time around, the Greens won’t be pulling the lever enthusiastically for either candidate. For this, they have only themselves to blame.

Well, a platform based on Luddism and oikophobia is a hit with celebrities and lefty pundits, but not so much with voters.

MEGAN MCARDLE ON BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: It’s Not Crazy To Worry That Obama Hasn’t Got It. “Why are filthy-rich hedge fund managers, so enamored of Obama in the 2008 race, turning on him now? I endorse the rhetorical explanation: Barack Obama has made a habit of bashing financial types and rich people. Bankers and rich people, being people, do not like being treated as villains in Obama’s campaign set pieces. So they are naturally disinclined to support him. I am shocked at how many New Yorkers I had thought to be rock-ribbed Democrats are attending Romney fundraisers. Not a huge number, mind you; it’s not like they’re going to tip New York from blue to red. But if any New Yorkers of my acquaintance were attending GOP fundraisers in the past, they certainly weren’t admitting it in public, unless they already worked for National Review. So it does seem like a real change . . . and what they say when I ask them is that, well, they don’t like being treated as villains in Obama’s campaign set pieces. Felix Salmon, however, offers a different view. . . . Of course, we’ve had many good presidents with no business experience. But Obama’s whole administration tends to be light on people from outside the academia–NGO–government triangle. It’s something that’s increasingly true of Washington in general–and, I think, increasingly problematic. . . . The increasingly mandarin elite, hygienically removed from the grubby business of scrounging for customers, frequently seems to have no idea at all what goes on in companies. . . . The purpose of an elite education, the thinking goes, is to equip you to design and run the system by which 300 million Americans live together–and to ensure that you never, ever have to actually interact with the 280 million who did not graduate from an elite academic program.”

As usual, it all comes down to oikophobia.

GINI, GINI, WHO CAN I TURN TO? Mickey Kaus:

Shorter NYT: The debate over income inequality, the defining issue of our time, the touchstone that lets liberals know they’re liberals, takes up vast amounts of media space and earns big advances for my friends, is really about whether government will reduce the Gini coefficient of income inequality by 23% (Bush) or 25% (Obama). … A generation of respectable leftish intellectuals, at the Times and elsewhere, have succeeded in making presidential politics seem like faculty politics. …

P.S.: Look at the graph accompanying Eduardo Porter’s article. Even after the most ambitious redistribution scheme Obama might implement, is there any chance of restoring the relative after-tax “equality” of, say, the early Reagan years? Weren’t Democrats complaining about income inequality back then, too? … The alternative: Stop obsessing about Gini indexes of money equality! Start worrying about the traditional American ideal of social equality (which income inequality affects, as only one of many factors). You knew I’d say that–but Tim Noah and William Voegeli are saying it too.

The problem is, an emphasis on social equality would conflict with oikophobia-driven class distinctions.

ROGER KIMBALL: A short, bracing video Obama should see. Won’t fly. Doesn’t play to oikophobia.

21ST CENTURY PARENTING: When Did Saying “Good Girl” Become So Bad? I’m pretty sure oikophobia is involved.

OIKOPHOBIA UPDATE: Robert Wargas: Behold The Self-Hating White Person. “Since progressivism is largely a status game, in which people compete for social prestige by repeating a set of approved phrases and opinions to other status-seeking mandarins, it’s not surprising that some will go to sado-masochistic lengths to remain part of the alpha group. By now, the increasingly creepy tendency of using the word ‘white’ as a glib insult has become well established in left-wing commentary.”

To be fair, for many the self-hatred is fairly justified.

THE ROOTS OF OIKOPHOBIA: “They are not my people!”

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Leftist Planet: Why do so many travel guides make excuses for dictators? They know their audience. “There’s a formula to them: a pro forma acknowledgment of a lack of democracy and freedom followed by exercises in moral equivalence, various contorted attempts to contextualize authoritarianism or atrocities, and scorching attacks on the U.S. foreign policy that precipitated these defensive and desperate actions. Throughout, there is the consistent refrain that economic backwardness should be viewed as cultural authenticity, not to mention an admirable rejection of globalization and American hegemony. The hotel recommendations might be useful, but the guidebooks are clotted with historical revisionism, factual errors, and a toxic combination of Orientalism and pathological self-loathing.”

Oikophobia isn’t pretty.

JAMES TARANTO: With Extreme Prejudice: How ABC News “investigates” a horrific crime.

Simply as a matter of journalistic craft, the report was appallingly shoddy. Ross pointed the finger at an innocent man based on nothing but the coincidence of a common name and the man’s residence in the same city of 325,000 where the crime took place.

Let us amend that. There was one other factor, and this is what makes the ABC error not just amateurish but sinister: the innocent Jim Holmes’s involvement with the Tea Party. For more than three years liberal journalists have falsely portrayed the Tea Party as racist and potentially violent. After the January 2011 mass shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., speculation immediately began that the suspect was a Tea Partier. Even after it was proved that he was not, the New York Times published a despicable editorial blaming conservatives anyway.

Ross and ABC were out on this limb alone. Either other journalists learned their lesson from Tucson, or it didn’t occur to them to look for a political motive this time (it was a more plausible hypothesis in a shooting that targeted a politician).

It is reasonable to interpret Ross’s hasty unsubstantiated report as an expression of hostility–bigotry–toward the Tea Party and those who share its values, which are traditional American ones. ABC’s carelessness here is in sharp contrast with the way the mainstream media treat criminal suspects who are black or Muslim. In those cases they take great pains not to perpetuate stereotypes, sometimes at the cost of withholding or obscuring relevant facts such as the physical description of a suspect who is still at large or the ideological motive for a crime.

Oikophobia is no less invidious than other forms of bigotry.

True, though Brian Ross probably can’t spell it.

THOUGHTS ON BEING HEARD: Sarah Hoyt stands up to Oikophobia.

BARRY GOLDWATER VINDICATED: At the Daily Caller, Steve Hayward of Power Line writes:

The view that Republicans are an out-of-the-mainstream party would make sense if we still lived in the world of 1950 described in the classic Samuel Lubell book The Future of American Politics, which offered the analogy of the “sun party” (Democrats) and the “moon party” (Republicans), that is, a majority party that held the initiative because it could win durable electoral majorities, and requiring the minority “moon party,” if it is to survive, to accommodate the sun party. A correlate of the Lubell hypothesis, though, is that the parties would switch places over long epicycles — a process known in political science literature as “realignment,” such as we saw with the coming of the New Deal in 1932.

Democrats assume that their New Deal realignment was eternal, and have never gotten over the fact that their status as the “sun party” ended sometime around the arrival of Ronald Reagan. At best for Democrats, the closely contested elections and large swings of the last three House elections suggest that today we have two moon parties vying to become the sun party (my pal Ornstein might say “two full moon parties” — hah, hah, we get it). But with a stack of surveys showing that conservatives and conservative opinion outnumbering liberals and liberal opinion by a margin of about two to one, you can’t make the argument that Republicans are extremists without confronting its implication that the real problem is the American people, who, after all, voted for the GOP House majority, and have installed the highest number of Republicans in state legislatures around the nation in 75 years. Who among the critics will step up and say openly that the American people are the extremists? Any takers?

Actually, there were plenty in the late summer and fall of 2010, climaxing in a hilarious compendium of quotes titled “Paradise Lost — America was great, once (in November 2008),” by the Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last, who juxtaposed Obama’s biggest boosters in the MSM praising the country in November of 2008, and bitterly condemning the same Americans in 2010 for the Tea Party and the return of the GOP majority in one house of Congress that year. Another round of condemnation has started already this year; if such oikophobia builds to a similar or even larger crescendo by this coming fall, we’ll have a pretty good pulse on where the two candidates, and the majorities in both houses of Congress stand in the weeks before November arrives.

UPDATE: Related thoughts on oikophobia from John Hinderaker of Power Line.

DEMOGRAPHY AS DESTINY:

In Japan, birthrates are now so low and life expectancy so great that the nation will soon have a demographic profile that matches that of the American retirement community of Palm Springs. “Gradually but relentlessly,” the demographer Nick Eberstadt writes in the latest issue of The Wilson Quarterly, “Japan is evolving into a type of society whose contours and workings have only been contemplated in science fiction.”

Funny how the warnings of demographers are laughed off, while the warnings of climate scientists produce immediate calls for action. But what’s most revealing to me is the kind of sentiment displayed in the comments to the piece, such as “There are a DISGUSTING number of people on this earth.” And: “This column is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on a woman’s right to choose.”

And, unsurprisingly, this triumph of eliminationist hate speech:

Call me an America-hating but what better than declining birth rate among a ‘pathogen on the planet’ (Caldicott), hurling pan-global wars & arms & political meddling for its amerigoon-exceptionalist empire promoting a culture of Greed-Uber-Alles. More fundaMentalist Biblicalism we’re all so over?

Oikophobia lives. And Bob Zubrin is clearly on to something. Of course, quoting Helen Caldicott is an immediate I Am An Idiot! marker. . . .

UPDATE: Via email, Jim Bennett notes an irony:

So, “dumb rednecks breeding in their double-wides” turns out to be “America’s demographic secret weapon”?

Some people are obviously having a hard time with the necessary mental re-adjustment.

Heh.

SPENGLER: Dog-Eating And Obama’s Identity. A species of oikophobia? “He tells the story in his memoir to emphasize that viscerally, Obama identifies with the Third World of his upbringing more than with the America of his adulthood. It is our great misfortune to have a president who dislikes our country at this juncture in our history.”

ADVICE: American Men Should Be Upfront About Asking For Sex, Like French Men.

But you follow that advice, you’re a harasser.

UPDATE: Reader Ray Dawson writes that the trick is to ask in a French accent, so as to bypass the oikophobia. Good point!

CLIVE CROOK: Why Can’t Democrats Do Populism?

Because hatred of the populace — that is, Oikophobia — is at the core of their approach to politics.

MICKEY KAUS: “When even crusading opinion journalists who work for The New Republic have to deny their interest in actually equalizing incomes for its own sake then it kind of proves Andrew Kohut’s point that Americans reject that point of view, no? … P.S.: I suspect polls will show Americans do care about social equality (that we are ‘equal in the eyes of each other,’ as Ronald Reagan put it). The popular desire for social equality is why Mitt Romney ate at McDonald’s today. In any case, I’ve argued, instead of focusing on rising income inequality (about which they can do little) liberals would be better advised to focus on ensuring social equality even in the face of disparate incomes.”

But most liberals don’t believe in social equality, because they think they’re much better than those slope-forehead yahoos in flyoverland. if you could get rid of the oikophobia that might be a strategy, but oikophobia is the unifying principle of most of the left these days.

CHARLES MURRAY ON Elite Ignorance of Ordinary Americans.

It’s not just ignorance. It’s oikophobia. Coupled, quite frequently, with eleutherophobia.

ED DRISCOLL: Dropping the A-Bomb on History. “What causes an ideology to completely turn its back on its culture’s past and descend into what Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey calls ‘Black Armband History?'” Puerile leftism, driven by Oikophobia.

Plus this: “If conservatives ever want to recapture the high ground of culture, just creating an alternative news media is nowhere near sufficient. they have to — somehow — recapture academia, where culture is ultimately created. And destroyed as well.”

#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Wall Street’s Image Problem. “Overt patriotism can make people on the left feel a little nervous. But when the nation’s symbols have such meaning to so many people, why cede the flag to conservatives?” They’ll just have to overcome their Oikophobia. And maybe their Eleutherophobia.

WORD OF THE DAY: Eleutherophobia: A fear of freedom. There seems to be a lot of that out there, often accompanied by Oikophobia.

PUSHING BACK: So on the way home from the gym on Sundays, I often catch a bit of Zorba Paster’s medical show, from Wisconsin Public Radio, which WUOT broadcasts. He’s an interesting guy, and it’s a good show, but today he got an interesting email from a listener. Apparently in an earlier show he had mentioned the calories in a Big Mac meal and then snarkily added that, of course, no Public Radio listener would ever eat at McDonald’s. The listener emailed to note that McDonald’s has lots of healthy foods, and implicitly took him to task for snobbery, too. Paster apologized quite handsomely. I think, though, that it was a small manifestation of the Oikophobia that is all too common on NPR, and I’m glad somebody wrote to point it out.

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED, if you were out, you know, having a life or something this weekend.

Lawyer suspended for billing more than 24 hours in a day.

Buying ammo online.

The danger of re-emerging heirloom diseases.

Mort Zuckerman: The Most Fiscally Irresponsible Government In U.S. History.

How bad is U.S. pension debt? Very bad.

“Oikophobia” among the cognitive elite.

Problems for Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX): Congresswoman Violated Nepotism Rules, Funneled Thousands to Family and Friends.

A roundup of reactions to Glenn Beck’s big Washington shindig.

Tech needs women? Don’t blame the men.

EPA backs down on lead-bullet ban.

JAMES TARANTO ON THE SPREAD OF Oikophobia among the “cognitive elite.”

The British philosopher Roger Scruton has coined a term to describe this attitude: oikophobia. Xenophobia is fear of the alien; oikophobia is fear of the familiar: “the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours.’ ” . . .

There is one important difference between the American oik and his European counterpart. American patriotism is not a blood-and-soil nationalism but an allegiance to a country based in an idea of enlightened universalism. Thus our oiks masquerade as–and may even believe themselves to be–superpatriots, more loyal to American principles than the vast majority of Americans, whom they denounce as “un-American” for feeling an attachment to their actual country as opposed to a collection of abstractions.

Yet the oiks’ vision of themselves as an intellectual aristocracy violates the first American principle ever articulated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . .”

This cannot be reconciled with the elitist notion that most men are economically insecure bitter clinging intolerant bigots who need to be governed by an educated elite. Marxism Lite is not only false; it is, according to the American creed, self-evidently false.

Read the whole thing.