Re: Weeeeaaaelllll... looky here, we gad ar selfs a reader!
there was too much emigration of the educated, to provide an intelligentsia big enough to give them reasonable politics
It's curious that the proponents of meritocracy never mention its impact on the population left behind. Until the early 20th century, working-class communities might be expected to have the same distribution of ability as the population at large. When opportunities for advancement become available to the ablest, there's nobody left but those who can't get out.