Politics also reflects the new division. In the United States suspicion or resentment is no longer directed to the capitalists or the merely rich. It is the intellectuals–the effete snobs–who are eyed with misgiving and alarm. This should surprise no one. Nor should it be a matter for surprise when semiliterate millionaires turn up leading or financing the ignorant in struggle against the intellectually privileged and content. This reflects the relevant class distinction in our time.
This is from the 1971 edition of The New Industrial State, by John Kenneth Galbraith. He gets many things spectacularly wrong, of course. But offers insights into the role of technical expertise and Weberian organization within a large firm that are too little appreciated by today’s economists. He deserves to be re-read.