Come élite è diventato il peggior insulto possibile in politica

Parlando ancora di élite, e della loro crisi, c’è questo pezzo di Beverly Gage sul New York Times da leggere, ovviamente dal punto di vista americano.

As an adjective, the word “elite” still conveys something positive, even aspirational: elite athlete, elite model, elite travel services. But as a noun, embodied by actual living people, it has become one of the nastiest epithets in American politics. “Elites have taken all the upside for themselves and pushed the downside to the working- and middle-class Americans,” complains Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon (of Harvard, Goldman Sachs and Hollywood). In this formulation, elites are a destructive, condescending collective, plotting against the beleaguered masses outside their ranks.