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The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills
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it was ok

Not as good as I had hoped, it's more in the line of: "I assemble this information so as to inspire action by the downtrodden masses." It was interesting to me how much political influence he ascribed to the Military, which I don't entirely trust, even given the era the book is analyzing (early Cold War).

The problem for Mills is:

1. Our elite is incompetent
2. Our elite is not democratic enough

Now, there are situations in which both propositions could hold, but as a general rule, and despite their both being fundamentals goals of American internal and foreign politics to this day, they are generally incompatible, or negatively correlated elite qualities.

I am no longer able to comprehend the mindset which believes that simply pointing out power differentials is, in itself, an argument for anything.
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February 12, 2012 – Shelved

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