Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thanks to Lew Rockwell for today's title, which he aptly gave to Dr. Gary North's analysis of the main article which was the subject of my last post on libertarian class analysis, Angelo Codevilla's "America's Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution." If you haven't read it yet, stop now and at least print it out for savoring later. It is a seminal essay for those who want to restore Liberty to America.
North regards Codevilla "as America's smartest conservative political analyst." North's own essay, "Codevilla's Not-Quite Manifesto," says that it is "the finest statement on the two-fold division in American political life written in my lifetime – more than this, in the last hundred years. He has laid it out clearly, accurately, and eloquently." North says that the major weakness of Codevilla's work is that it is short on answering the crucial question asked by Lenin a hundred years ago: "What is to be done?"
Nevertheless, both of these essays are must reads. If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to lead, folks.
I found out that Rush Limbaugh was so taken by Codevilla's work that he cleared a whole hour for it last week! So Rush has planted numerous seeds for us to nurture and harvest. Maybe Rush is having second thoughts about being one of the Elites?
Long-time friend and libertarian blogger Charles Burris adds important dimensions to the the discussion of "the most important [essay] I have ever read" in "Codevilla, North and the Ruling Class." Burris says "Angelo M. Codevilla is our generation’s Tom Paine. He has authored a 'Common Sense' analysis and call to action against a hubristic ruling class that debases our currency and our culture."
This is why you need to read it folks. And apply the terminology as often as you can, especially the terms "ruling class," "political class," "Elites," and all such variants. What you choose to call the "country class" can be flexible with your audience.
Paul Craig Roberts gives us a nice glimpse into the Ruling Elites with "Let Them Eat Wedding Cake." In a reference to Marie Antoinette's famous comment about the suffering of the French people on the eve of the Revolution, Roberts contrasts the $5 million Elite-Class Chelsea Clinton wedding to a Goldman Sachs son with the millions of jobless and hungry Americans. He impertinently asks how "a poor boy who became governor of Arkansas and president of the United States got such a fortune that he can blow $3,000,000 on a wedding." (The taxpayers picked up the other $2 million tab for security so the Elites could party safely away from the Commoners.)
By the way, if you're at all interested in the real levers of power, the hidden dynamics that run the world, I suggest you start with Charles Burris' excellent essay "Hidden History: Where Organized Crime and Government Meet." Charles is a long-time student of the criminal, conspiratorial aspects of history. I know from experience that the more you find out about the way things work, the more you realize that government at the highest levels is a multitude of criminal conspiracies.