In a recent interview to promote The Conspirator (American, 4.15), director Robert Redford said that “the country is made up of three categories.” And yet his description of same differs from HE’s preferred Planet of the Apes breakdown — gorillas (i.e., skilled labor, working-class, K-Mart employees, Tea Party), chimps (educated professional class) and orangutans (governmental-financial ruling elite).
The three categories, says Redford, are “traditionalists, cultural creative people and the moderns. The moderns are the hi-tech Silicon Valley people. The traditionalists on the lower end of it are the people who don’t want change. They’re afraid of change therefore they have anger. The fear card is a very big powerful card and when you have people afraid of change. They’ll do anything to prevent it. They’re doing it because they’re limited, frightened of people who are not as limited. I think Sarah Palin…part of her strength is how limited she is.”
The “cultural creative class” (of which Redford is a part) is another term for genuine creatives, X-factor urbans and property-owning elite living in photogenic, selectively developed backwaters.