Friday, September 17, 2010
Elizabeth Warren, Knowledge Class Hero, Gets a Big Job
Elizabeth Warren has been asked by President Obama to help start the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This is only fitting: she thought it up in the first place.
The knowledge class has a critical, even alienated side. This is only one side of the story, though, and not even half. Most members of the knowledge class work within existing social institutions to make them work better for the common good. They tend to be earnest, a bit nerdy, not stylish, but, to my mind, wholesome in trying to use their smarts for all. They are not only trying to understand the big picture in some depth, but trying to make it better, too.
If you wanted a name and a face for that branch of the knowledge class, I nominate Elizabeth Warren.