Take back the word

One of my favorite writers/journalists/essayists is George Packer.  The last line of this entry on his blog caught my attention.

And to becoming, in my middle years, a bit of an élitist.

George, it’s time to take the next step and just say it: there is nothing wrong with being an elitist in this country, for Pete’s sake, particularly when you know what the word means (nice use of the accent aigu, btw.)  It’s time to stand up for knowledge, education, and aesthetics.

Need more food for thought? Try here, here.