Fifty years ago the people who ran government and business were generally brighter and more ambitious than the average—as they still are today. But it was a time when skills and aptitudes other than cognitive-analytical intelligence attracted greater recognition. Today those other qualities like character, integrity, experience and willingness to toil are not irrelevant, but they command less mainstream respect. Without us really noticing it, something rather fundamental has got out of kilter. A good society needs a proper balance between aptitudes based on Head, Hand and Heart.
David Goodhart is a British journalist, political analyst and author. He is founder and former editor in chief of Prospect magazine and Head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit of the Think Tank Policy Exchange. Currently he is a guest at the IWM.