The American Ruling Class Reaches Its Inflection Point

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Posted: Oct 08, 2021 12:01 AM

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In a 2010 essay for The American Spectator, the late, great intellectual Angelo Codevilla wrote a rare essay that was, in retrospect, so prescient as to be outright eerie. Titled “America’s Ruling Class” and deploying “class”-based phraseology historically more at home in some corners of the political left than on the postwar political right, Codevilla set his sights squarely on his eponymous target. “Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits,” he wrote. “Whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats.”

Even more eerily prescient was Codevilla’s description of what motivates the ruling class. “Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself,” he wrote. “While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and

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