More chrome on the fender?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Is Canada elit­ist? Con­sult­ing the chat­ter­ing classes in the me­dia, we shouldn’t make a move with­out lis­ten­ing to the in­tel­lec­tu­als.

For­tu­nately na­ture is more iso­cratic. By 1840, democ­racy had taken root the Western World. Peo­ple were for the most part, lit­er­ate and nu­mer­ant. They av­er­aged a sixth grade ed­u­ca­tion and gen­er­ally had a shelf of books and read a penny news­pa­per. This was enough to understand the is­sues at play in so­ci­ety or, at least, to per­ceive their own self-in­ter­est. The pol­ish of the so-called in­tel­li­gentsia was just so much chrome on the fender.

The key point is that I.Q. is no sub­sti­tute for com­mon sense. For­mal ed­u­ca­tion is no sub­sti­tute for life ex­pe­ri­ence, and tal­ent is no sub­sti­tute for char­ac­ter. Joseph Ken­neth Malone, Char­lot­te­town

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