Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Bobos

The French have a great saying to describe their progressive liberals: "La gauche caviar," the Caviar Left. This is a reference to the Left's hypocritical preaching to the masses about equality while living high off the hog behind the scenes -- or even in front of the scenes, given that the European politicians are a deservedly and publically acknowledged elite class of human being.

[Thanks to for the photo.]

I didn't realize we have a similar phrase, perhaps coined by Ilya Shapiro here: "Bobos," short for Bourgeois Bohemians. (No, see comment by Professor Arnold Kling. This term was coined by David Brooks in his book Bobos in Paradise. Thank you, Professor.)

I like that. Although I must say, in this country we've got a combination of both, Bourgeois Bohemian Caviar Leftists, in the persons of John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Warren Buffett, et al.

Oh, the economics of politics.


Anonymous Arnold Kling said...

The term Bobo was coined by David Brooks, in a book called Bobos in Paradise

4:20 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

I humbly thank you, oh learned Sage, for your correction. I'll fix it.

4:25 PM  

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