The rising petit bourgeois in anticipation of a future he will, in most cases, only know by proxy

As they struggle to the peak of their career and the moment of selfassessment, feeling their values and even their conception of their job threatened by the arrival of new, more highly qualified generations bearing a new ethos, the oldest of the junior executives and office workers are inclined to conservative dispositions in aesthetics, ethics and politics, as is shown by the analysis of the correspondences, which situates them close to the small shopkeepers and traditional craftsmen. To have their revenge, they only have to place themselves on their favourite terrain, that of morality, to make a virtue of their necessity, elevate their particular morality into a universal morality. These groups not only have the morality of their interests, as everyone does; they have an interest in morality. For those scourges of privilege, morality is the only title which gives a right to every privilege. Their resentment often leads to fundamentally ambiguous political positions in which verbal fidelity to past convictions is a mask for present disenchantment, when it does not simply serve to justify moral indignation; and the somewhat lachrymose, humanistic anarchism which may outlive adolescence in some elderly, long-haired bohemians can easily veer with age into a fascistic nihilism endlessly ruminating on scandals and plots.

Distinction by Pierre Bourdieu, written 1979 and still sounding so familiar.