I don't think I blame the elites for all the problems in the country. The people do put them there by voting, and a third or more of the country doesn't vote at all. But this article is about whether Biden's a truth-teller about the nature of the American economy and culture, after Trump has mooted such potential truth-telling anyway. So I'd blame the elites for their part in the coverup and in maintaining the facade.

But I agree that it makes sense to restore competence to the government after the naked kakistocracy and kleptocracy. They'll make the government seem more efficient and respectable, but there's a good chance they'll widen the economic inequality and ignore the plight of the rural areas, which set the stage for Trump.

Of course, Biden's only just started so we have to wait and see. Will he be a transformative, progressive leader like FDR whose portrait President Biden displays across from his desk? I doubt it, but it's possible. The way he took the raising of the minimum wage off the table was inauspicious.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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