Friday, June 22, 2007

"The Establishment"

From Wikipedia: (emp add)
"The Establishment" is a pejorative term to refer to the traditional ruling class elite and the structures of society which they control. The term can be used to describe specific entrenched elite structures in specific institutions. For example, candidates for political office are often said to have to impress the "party establishment" in order to win endorsement.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the "establishment" was seen as representing restrictive, authoritarian policies. It was associated with age, as the old fashioned way of doing things, and was said to be dominated by members of the war generation who had not yet adapted to or accepted the big societial changes of the decade.
E.J. Dionne today: (emp add)
A large majority of the country has now decided that the establishment was wrong to support the war, and that those who opposed it -- including the left -- were right.
Back in the 60's again!

Take that, Newt Gingrich.


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