“Ironically, many intellectual elites—then and now—seem to regard themselves as promoting a more democratic society, when they preempt other people’s decisions. Their conception of democracy seems to be equalization of outcomes, by intellectual elites. This would confer benefits on the less fortunate, at the expense of those whom these surrogates consider less deserving. That is very different from democracy as a political system, based on free choices by members of the voting public, to determine what laws and policies they want to be governed by—and which individuals they want to put in charge of the government, to administer those laws and policies.” – Thomas Sowell