- Paperback: 147 pages
- Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (September 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825305586
- ISBN-13: 978-0825305580
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Angelo M. Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. Educated at Rutgers, Notre Dame, and the Claremont graduate university, Codevilla served in the US Navy, the US Foreign Service, and on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He taught philosophy at Georgetown, and spent a decade at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He has written 10 previous books.
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According to Codevilla remarkable thesis the keys to power and becoming an elite has little to do with wealth. A Texan oilman or a Missouri real estate developer may be worth tens of millions of dollars, as much if not more than the top tier of Codevilla elites. It's the elites and their functionaries' ability to expropriate the wealth of the non-politically connected that makes them powerful, comfortable and provides them with wealthy. The elites through their control of government determines who gets to put his hand in the till and who pays into that till. This explains why the majority of careerists who rely on the tax dollars of others so readily and willingly vote democrat.
The keys of power are also bestowed to those who belong to the right circles. The right circles include the nation's elite ivy league universities, think tanks and journalistic outfits. These, as Codevilla illustrates with Clarence Thomas, doesn't guarantee you a seat at the table of the elites but they are most certainly required. As with the example of Lawrence Tribe, all sins can be forgiven if you belong and talk the talk.
The original vision of America was and still is one of the crowning achievements in human history but its core principles have been eroded by Codevilla's elites. These United States has been replaced with The United States indicating a shift from federalism to federal authority. Equality of opportunity has been supplanted by equality of outcome. A Republic has been replaced with an Oligarchy. The rule of law has become the rule of man. Leaders have been replaced with rulers.
Americans don't appreciate being "ruled" by our betters and are not pleased that our meritocracy has been replaced with nepotism. Codevilla thesis is long overdue and should have a significant impact.
This is clearly something our Founding Fathers knew well. They spelled this out for all the world to see and reflect upon in the Declaration of Independence.
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I have never seen this stated in such a clear and eloquent manner than in Angelo M. Codevilla's new book, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America And What We Can Do About It. It should be read by everyone concerned with the future of our nation, and shared with friends, family, colleagues, etc.
Dr. Codevilla's original article which forms the heart and soul of this volume was published in the July-August edition of The American Spectator.
It is the most important essay I have ever read. He has expanded upon this initial article in this compact but concise paperback.
For the first time I have begun to understand how generations of leftist intellectuals and activists were passionately moved and inspired by the Communist Manifesto of 1848, or how our own American Revolutionaries were motivated in 1776 by Tom Paine's stirring Common Sense, clearly elucidating the case for American independence from British tyranny and oppression.
Codevilla has written a true American manifesto for our time, a brilliant analytical framework and dramatic call to action that will motivate millions in the Freedom Movement, the Tea Parties, and in the general society at-large.
His work draws on the pioneering scholarship of Bernard Bailyn (The Origins of American Politics, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution) and Murray Rothbard (Conceived in Liberty, The Ethics of Liberty) in seeing American politics as two adversarial classes at war with each other -- an arrogant elite ruling class and "the country class" -- the rest of us held at bay.
It deserves the widest possible readership and distribution possible.
However, he claims that winning the elections, by Republics or by another as yet unnamed party, will be the easy part. The American population may have been so brain-washed by the greedy "ruling class" that it will be unable to handle the difficult job of true democracy.
Only time will tell.