Being educated in the United States has long been a mark of distinction for the elites of other nations.
But the notion of "elites" is broadening, as is the number of non-Americans who study in the United States.
This was why he'd followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps in running a militia to challenge the elite's power and affluence while the rest of the people served the elites or went into the regular military, the only two reputable professions.
Donors tend to be in close contact with educated, urban elites whose links with poor people are tenuous.
Politics and government are increasingly in the hands of privileged elites, as if democracy has run out of steam.