The mark of a successful–all too successful–elite is that it feels so secure in its position that it can indulge in displays of moral distaste for the very means and values that enabled its ascent.

This is what we observe today in the form of a white elite cheering on campaigns against “white privilege.” On the surface, this is evidence of either altruism or masochism. But it is neither. It only indicates how well-insulated the elite is from the consequences of its moral affectations.