Under the influence of the Intelligentsia, we have become a society that rewards people with admiration for violating his own norms and for fragmenting that society into jarring segments.
In addition to explicit integrations of their own society for its history or current shortcomings, intellectuals often set up standards for their society, which no society of human beings has ever met or is ever likely to meet.
Calling those standards "Social Justice" enables intellectuals to engage in endless complaints about the particular ways in which society fails to meet their arbitrary criteria along with the parade of groups entitled to a sense of grievance exemplified in the "race-class and gender" formula today though the same kind of thinking behind that particular formula has also been used to depict children as victims of their parents and illegal immigrants as victims of a catalyst or xenophobic society in the country they enter.
In short many of the Intelligentsia are engaged in the production and distribution of formulaic grievances and resentments mining history when they cannot find enough contemporary grievances to suit their vision.
- Thomas Sowell ~ intellectuals and Society