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The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It Paperback – Bargain Price, September 12, 2010
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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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Angelo Codevilla looks at these issues as only he can. Unfortunately, he is likely preaching to the choir: those who are the problem simply will refuse to see their part in it. Certainly worth the read.
Codevilla's premise is hard to refute: Since the late 19th Century a class has arisen that considers itself superior to the rest of the American public. The first example the author gives is Woodrow Wilson, although I believe an argument can be made to count Theodore Roosevelt among the "Ruling Class."
According to Codevilla, the Ruling Class is marked, not only by its attitude of superiority to the rest of us, but also by its contempt for the Constitution. Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt were the most glaring examples pre-Obama, but every Democratic and Republican president we have had in the past 80 years has belonged to that class with one exception: Ronald Reagan. Most members of both parties in both houses of Congress belong to the Ruling Class.
The rest of us, the peasants, are the Country Class, for want of a better word.
Codevilla sketches out a strategy that must be followed to retake the United States from its rulers and points out the pitfalls that must be avoided, with examples from Thucydides, Aeschylus, and Lenin(!). He concludes the book with the full texts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
This book is worth reading.
It is oh so relevant to the current problems our rulers in DC are experiencing with their subjects.
A very readable book and is right on the money.
He has distilled it down to its essence.
Tea Party people couldn't care less about being cool and hip, but are deeply concerned about the future, and this is where Codevilla takes us. This is a guide to the Ruling Class and how to counter it. This is the guidebook for those of us that don't like where we have ended up after being led for years by this subspecies of human being. Codevilla includes the Declaration of Independence, as well as the Constitution in his book. Even those who consider themselves well educated on issues have read the original article that Codevilla wrote and have been astounded by his insight. This book takes it further. I would recommend this book, as well as Goldberg's "Bias," and Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom" as must reads for those who are looking for insight. Codevilla's book on Switzerland during WWII and the extortion by politicians, those connected to them, and corrupt judges of over one-billion dollars from Swiss banks is a good read also(Between the Alps and a Hard Place).