The term elites should be banned in reference to those on the political left (“‘Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser,’” Web, Oct. 18). Who came up with this ridiculously inaccurate label in the first place, and why is it perpetuated? Why are looney liberals called “elites”? What is elite about the inability to think rationally? What is elite about a complete lack of common sense? How does the lack of those essential personal qualities make these people superior to any other? Finally, how can anyone be considered elite for no other reason than their extreme-left politics?

There needs to be a more accurate (and condescending) term for the non-elites on the left.

R. BARRINGTON OLSEN

Falls Church, Va.

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