Tilting at Windmills

September/October 2012 Split by snobbery

By Charles Peters

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


  • Matt Patton on September 07, 2012 2:42 AM:

    Ah, SPY -- the gossip rag for Assistant Vice Presidents. Their specialty was Daring To Shred people almost nobody outside of media circles had ever heard of (Oh, and Donald Trump). Why you should never turn your back on anyone in the upper reached of middle management. They will kill you if nobody's looking.