The Meritocracy as an Asperger’s Convention
I agree with the gist of this thesis—lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the basic childishness and emotional stuntedness of many of our “leaders”—both in TEC and in the US. But I’m not confident that it’s the equivalent of an Aspergers syndrome, as these folks are able to function temporarily in public and on a social level. But the emotional immaturity is striking and very strange to behold—it’s as if one is standing by, watching a 3rd or 4th grade schoolyard recess time. I’m not sure what to call it but I don’t think Aspergers fits the bill.
From the Lehrman American Studies blog, where there is more:
David Brooks’s recent New York Times editorial on the problems of our contemporary meritocracy in the United States recalls an earlier editorial he penned in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer scandal.
In the earlier editorial, Brooks opined that Spitzer typified the character flaws that Ivy League universities promote. They cultivate narcissist achievers with little attention to moral virtue and civic friendship. As a result, even common sense observation of their social interaction tells us that they are too immature to handle the levers of power:
I don’t know if you’ve seen a successful politician or business tycoon get drunk and make a pass at a woman. It’s like watching a St. Bernard try to French kiss. It’s all overbearing, slobbering, desperate wanting. There’s no self-control, no dignity.
These Type A men are just not equipped to have normal relationships. All their lives they’ve been a walking Asperger’s Convention, the kings of the emotionally avoidant. Because of disuse, their sensitivity synapses are still performing at preschool levels.
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