Hubris: extreme pride, especially pride and ambition so great that they offend the gods and lead to one’s downfall.
In the aftermath of the stunning results of the U.S. election, the mix of emotions and hard-nosed analysis spans the spectrum from feeling sorry for the irrational and politically illiterate American voter to visceral fear about the consequences of their electing a thuggish buffoon as president. But common to all reactions, I suspect, is a smugness rooted in our sense of superiority — as if our elites are somehow more attentive to the public interest and the lives of ordinary Canadians.
Well, yes and no. Hubris doesn’t appear full-blown — it’s a process. It’s not as advanced in Canada but it is alive and well in Ottawa, provincial capitals and on Bay Street. But more on that in a moment.
In the U.S. it was the elite’s spectacular hubris, nurtured with…