Today, American once again has a dominant class that defines the parameters of respectable opinion and taste -- a class that determines conventional wisdom, that promulgates a code of good manners, that establishes a pecking order to give shape to society, that excludes those who violate its codes, that transmits its moral and etiquette codes down to its children, that imposes social discipline on the rest of society so as to improve the "quality of life," to use the contemporary phrase.

Source: David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000), pg. 46.


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