Split by snobbery

The snobbery for which we criticized Spywas another development we did not like about the late 1960s. It was expressed most notably by the largely college-educated antiwar protestors who called blue-collar policemen pigs and justified their avoidance of the draft with words like the title of a Monthly article, “let those hillbillies go get shot.” The result was the separation between blue-collar workers and liberal Democrats that Republicans have since exploited. Remember how Spiro Agnew said, “A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals”?

Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.