Talk, Action, and Position

Sun Tzu spends most of his ninth chapter, Field Position, explaining how to interpret the difference between people's words and their actions. When your actions contradict your words, you always betray your real position. This is especially a problem for elitist leaders, who often think that they can preach one set of rules while living by another. Europe with its long tradition of class distinctions often expects its leaders to act like elitists, but America has a very different tradition. More and more, Americans are having problems identifying with their elitist classes in politics, entertainment, and the media, because more and more often those groups fail to practice what they preach. In his famous essay, The Forgotten Man, William Sumner wrote:
The type and formula of most schemes of philanthropy or humanitarianism is this: A and B put their heads together to decide what C shall be made to do for D.
Perhaps there is no better example of this behavior that the Live Earth Concerts. Where A, the politicians, and B, the musicians, get together to decide what C, you and I, should be made to do for D, "global warming." The politicians and musicians make their point by flying around the planet in private planes, consuming resources and producing carbon at a ferocious rate. Because of the difference between their words and actions, more and more regular people see the "global warming" scam for what it is a natural occurrence that is over-hyped by the elites. Since the actions of elitists vary so wildly from their words, they come across like decadent religious leaders who live a life of flagrant immorality while preaching abstinence and sacrifice to their flock.