Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You Paperback – March 17, 2015 by Greg Gutfeld (Crown Forum)
Gutfeld argues that since 1970 the US has allowed a class of people that is basically hostile to American traditions to wield excess control over the country's culture and self-image. He focuses particularly on (i) Hollywood and the popular music and entertainment industry; (ii) the college and university professoriate; and (iii) much of the media.
Gutfeld's charge is that these people (he calls them the "Cool," or the hipster elite) offer nothing in terms of constructive thought or leadership. Instead, he says, they just project attitude--a combination of smug superiority, hostility toward American traditions, and nervous, lock-step political correctness.
What we end up with is a class of thought leaders who are reflexively destructive. Rather than offer thoughtful or helpful critiques, they destructively tear down employers, the military, or other building blocks of our society.
Gutfeld compares this situation to some high schools, where a small clique of the "cool" can destructively control the social thought (and self-image) of all the other students, just by projecting willfulness and attitude, and by destroying anyone else who questions the clique's superiority.