7.23.10 @ 6:01AM
The story of the year.
Re: Angelo M. Codevilla’s America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution:
Wow. That was an amazing, well thought out, articulate and
persuasive manuscript. Please forward my thanks to Dr.
— Martin Hanus
Best article I have ever read regarding this matter. It
truly put its arms around several issues that I have been
attempting to formalize in my mind for the past several years.
Have forwarded to several friends who share similar thoughts and
Absolutely brilliant! Mr. Codevilla has accomplished what
no other writer has been able to achieve. By providing the
historical context of the growth of governmental power and abuse,
he has clearly and succinctly defined the debate for the soul of
America. The only question that remains — Are we up to the task
of reclaiming our Constitutional Republic?
— Bill Riggs, Sr.
Charleston, South Carolina
Mr. Codevilla’s article struck such a strong feeling with
me that it’s hard to articulate. His writing could not be clearer
nor more in tune with my observations over the past years (I’m a
citizen and 68 years old and well-read). This appears to be a
modern Declaration of Independence and I will reread it many
times and recommend it to anyone I can. Please keep publishing
essays such as this!
— Richard Pytlak
I just finished reading “America’s Ruling Class” by Angelo
Codevilla and I was blown away. As a dreaded leftist of the
libertarian / anarchist variety, I have say that I agreed with
about 90% of the article. Codevilla provided particularly useful
denunciations of the way in which the establishment grows in
power by conformity, of the corruption of the unions, of the
top-down Democrats and provides a great path forward —
responsibility and increased political action through
decentralization. A main thought, however, that goes unquestioned
is how a decentralized body deal with large multinational
corporations. The Progressives, for all their many flaws, did
improve workers relations with capital in regards to child labor,
work-place safety and time spent at work and I find it hard to
believe that any, much less the two-thirds of the “country
class,” would advocate a return to worker-capital relations as
they were in the 1800s. The same could be true for race relations
from the Civil Rights era, although since those rights have been
won perhaps decentralization would take the edge out of the issue
as it exists today. With that said, this was otherwise a truly
terrific article and I hope that the Spectator continues to
promote this brand of fair yet radical conservatism. However my
appreciation for Adorno (and Marx!), fear of the authoritarianism
associated with conservatism, non-Christianize, and darker skin
color (and not wanting it to become lighter) will, for the time
being, keep me from subscribing.
— Matthew Stokeley
This article is the best read since the Bible, U.S. Constitution and Atlas Shrugged.
For 60 years, I’ve not missed voting in an election. Since Goldwater and Regan, I’ve have had to hold my nose and vote for Republican candidates and hope they aren’t a second Lindsey Graham, et al.
My epiphany is that no incumbent politician gets my vote in
— Fran Schroder
Will another revolution be the answer or will GOD take care of things in his own time? Your article was brilliant! Keep up the good work on seeing things as they truly are.
God Bless you!
— Marsha Miller
Rarely have I read a more ‘spot on’ piece that describes
the political climate and trend in this country. Absolutely
riveting account of what is happening today in America.
— S.C. Salter
Nail on head; out of ballpark.
— Jay Talley
I commend The American Spectator for publishing Angelo M. Codevilla’s “America’s Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution.” The power of this very timely article is undeniable, and in my opinion it ranks with Thomas Paine’s Common Sense as a clarion call to all patriots. I’m forwarding the article to all my friends, urging them to follow suit. Codevilla’s words must be disseminated as widely possible, and if they are perhaps we’ll be able to avoid the bloodshed and destruction that came after the appearance of Paine’s book. I pray that is so.
I’d appreciate it if you would forward my congratulations
to Mr. Codevilla, along with my sincere
— J. Michael Pearson
I don’t know why I have never heard of Anglo Codevilla, but
wow….I will be looking for more of his articles. He nailed this
— Ian Bailey
This article is the most concise article I have
read on how our country has gotten to where we are without
the hyperbole of a partisan vitriol. I appreciate your
I just wanted to say, regarding the July/August issue, in Navy terms (ask any prior Navy person on your staff) “Bravo Zulu!” So far have only read the Codevilla piece. It is excellent. Have just started on the Republican “pre-election symposium” which is well done and well-timed. Republicans (and I count myself one) have got to wake up and get “back to message,” that is, our principles, and again become a party of principle.
I’m glad I subscribed!
— Gene Wisdom
Pure, uncut lies and falsehoods: Utter nonsense from a
dictatorial right wing POV.
— Brian Heffron
One type of revolution is a constitutional convention originated and controlled by the states. The purpose of the convention would be to limit federal power in several ways. First — a limit on congressional income of all forms. Limit their income to the median income of non governmental employees in their congressional district. Second - all states to opt out of all federal laws not explicitly allowed by the constitution and the federal taxes that their residents pay can be reduced by the amount that supports the federal program.
Money is control — reduce the money in Washington and you
will remove their power.
— Jerry Potter, Professor Emeritus
Kent State University
It makes perfect sense to me and explains what I couldn’t see. Maybe now, we will have a better view how to stop the spreading cancer.
It definitely will be difficult.
— Don Roberts
Kudos to Mr. Angelo M. Codevilla for his feature on the Ruling Class. I am eternally grateful for his insightful, calm voice of reason in a sea of media insanity, and it gives me hope this may all be changed someday (however fragile).
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
— Laurie Wadsworth
As Ambrose Bierce noted, “Education is that which discloses
to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of
understanding.” On that basis, I use the phrase “criminally
mediocre class” in referring to the broader spectrum of those who
take the positions Professor Codevilla describes. That phrase, I
think, encompasses both “The Ruling Class” and its hacks and
hangers-on: the inhabitants of the arts and entertainment
business and organizations such as the National Council of
Teachers of English (NCTE). The NCTE makes policy, of course, but
its members are not after power or wealth. They are satisfied
with the scraps thrown outside the gates. In 1988, I presented a
paper to their Canadian counterpart, the CCTE, on the merits of
teaching English grammar — which act nearly got me stoned to
death on the spot as a heretic. I remain a proud heretic and
applaud Professor Codevilla for his truly incisive article.
— C. Edward Collins
Dr. Codevilla’s article “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution” is one of the most brilliant pieces I have read in the past ten years. It crystallizes random thoughts I have been having myself of late into a well-reasoned and coherent whole. It’s quite easy in the current political environment to trap oneself into thinking in terms of Democrats vs. Republicans, liberals/progressives vs. conservatives, or the like. Dr. Codevilla hits on the clearest explanation for the arising of the Tea Parties: the “country class” (CC) has become as mad as hell at the “ruling class” (RC), and it will not take it anymore! This explains why the tea partiers are willing to lash out at both Democrats and Republicans; both, for the most part, are more interested in furthering the self-interest of the RC than in doing the will of the CC.
Dr. Codevilla is also quite insightful in his cynicism
regarding the ability of the CC to undo the wrongs perpetrated
upon it by the RC. I hope and pray that wisdom prevails, and the
CC is able to retake control of the nation and govern it
effectively. Only then will the Byzantine labyrinth that the RC
has constructed begin to be unraveled and freedom return to the
— Tim Luker
Green Bay. Wisconsin
That was fantastic!! I have shared this with my friends and
— Greg LaBaw
I thank the professor for speaking for the disenfranchised. I am assuming the author is also in his seventies so we have seen the same world. Many years ago Bob Dole spoke to the issue when he said, “Republicans want what Democrats want at 80% of the cost.” I don’t want what Democrats want at 1% of the cost but where could I go and have my voice heard? I have begun asking those with political aspirations if they are statists or non-statists? Some avoid the question others deny they are statists. At a recent Hillsdale College event, I had an opportunity to speak to Karl Rove. I asked him if he supported the Tea Party and he said yes. I asked how that could be given that he worked for someone who is a statist. He denied Bush is a statist and said to check page 414 of his book. It is interesting that he immediately knew where to send me. I checked the page and found that nothing was Bush’s fault, rather it was the Republican Congress who were to blame.
I have decided that the world is not Democrat or
Republican, liberal or conservative, but it is statist and
non-statist. Republican leaders expect a sea change this fall.
When asked what this means, they say getting Republicans is the
answer. I beg to differ. As we have seen, journalists like Bill
Kristol, and leaders like Newt Gingrich have decided that the
government is the answer and they only support the Ruling Class.
They demean those outside the Ruling Class and expect all of us
to fall in line and support them. I have been holding my nose and
voting for many years, but have decided, if it makes no
difference, why vote?
— Jerry Karney
Former Mayor Moraga, California
East Wenatchee, Washington
One word — PERFECT.
— Trent Johnson
This may possibly be the most important and relevant document since Atlas Shrugged, and just as difficult to disseminate, especially in today’s fast-paced, instant-gratification society. I have recommended the article to several of my friends and colleagues and, so far, only one has even started to read it (he got through 20% in one night).
Those of us who are vitally concerned with the state of affairs today will undoubtedly read (and re-read) it; however, the vast majority of those who should read it will not, due to imposing length.
It is possible for Mr. Codevilla to produce a condensed version, suitable for emailing, which would be more likely to be read and forwarded, perhaps with a link to the full article?
Lacking that, could I get the proper permissions to produce my own condensed version through extracts (with attribution, of course) to distribute?
— Keith Wease
Please, please, please keep publishing this and others that tell the truth. Repeat them often, send to other newspapers, not Arizona Republic
Thank you Thank you Thank you
— David R. Johns
What a fantastic article! Many thanks to the author for
helping me understand why the ruling class behaves as it
— Mark R. Adams
Would you kindly tell Professor Codevilla that ‘we’ do not use the term ‘political class’ or ‘ruling class’ as he so explained in his essay “America’s Ruling Class.” What he defined is known as a ‘Politicrat’. Also, this twenty-two page essay is a serious waste of time! Please, tell us what we don’t know.
— Cynthia Hansen
The best thing I ever read. Should be required as a
prerequisite for graduation from high school.
— Joe Bissin
Mr. Codevilla’s article was absolutely brilliant. However, many of my conservative friends live extremely busy lives, with work, children, church, etc. While they would be inclined to read the article, I doubt it only because they rarely have time to read anything, even their e-mails.
Respectfully, I think this important article would get more attention (and perhaps more readers) if there was a 1 pager that laid out the essence of the article. It could also include a teaser(s) for folks to read the base article and include a web link .
Thanks again for an excellent article.
— Bill Taylor, LTC (USA-Retired)
Put more succinctly:
THE RULING CLASS IS TRAMPLING ALL OVER THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
— Doug Hensler
The article was terrific…
I have one question though:
Nothing was mentioned about our immigration policies, legal and illegal now in place and what role they play if any?
Thanks for your work.
— George Fuller
Thank you for this brilliant treatise. I will make sure as
many people read this as I possibly can.
— Dave Jochum
San Anselmo, California
This is the best piece explaining the current state of the
State that I have ever read. I have forwarded it to all of my
friends and to a few who are not. I look forward to hearing more
from the author.
— Lloyd Hendrix, lifetime member of the Country Party
An amazing and insightful article.
I’m a small business owner in California and one of my partners put it best. What is the fun of doing business and being successful if there are too many roadblocks of taxes and regulations that will cause more health concerns than company Christmas parties.
It’s a very sad and distressful state right now in America. I’m a libertarian (former Republican converted rightly cause of George Bush) and I’m starting to feel the negative energy coming from this administrations that is effecting the everyday joys of my own personal life. I’m tired of being so angry but I can’t run away from the realities.
Hopefully your article will spread like a windows virus and open up people’s eyes.
— G.O. Burton
Awesome piece, I heard this from Rush Limbaugh today, keep
up the good work.
— Nghi Nguyen
Perhaps Rush’s best-ever program…
— Michael Leo
Codevilla’s “Ruling Class” essay is nothing short of brilliant and exactly on target. Thank you for publishing this timely and relevant piece. I hope it is widely circulated to get the attention it deserves.
Keep up the good work with your fine website.
— Katherine Poehlmann, PhD
Wow…..great article. Really crystallizes what we all see
happening. We need to stop this freight train.
— Scott Denhof
I don’t know where to begin or how to express my complete
awe of the essay written by Angelo Codevilla. Accurate and
thorough in addressing the multitude issues symptomatic of our
national decline, I sit here stunned at his clarity as he
addresses, the issues I have been wanting to scream out from the
rooftops. We are in grave danger and our options are rapidly
— Dick Curtis
Great piece on ruling class.
— Dr. Don Beck
This article is the BEST I have read! Angelo M. Codevilla,
should be given the Nobel Peace Prize, for this subject matter
has been sitting out there for so long, but never brought to
light in such a clear fashion as it was written!
— Forrest W. Shafford
South West Georgia
Bet Mr. Codevilla doesn’t get invited to many BU cocktail
— James J. Axon
The author incorrectly states that the Soviet Union did not
arrest people who wore crosses or read the Bible on school
property. It depends on which year is the subject of discussion.
The topic is a large one, but driving home a contemporary
American politics point by an incomplete generalization about
another country’s history only serves to mislead readers.
— Zoe Pierson
West Warwick, Rhode Island
“The Ruling Class” is the most thoughtful and lucid article I have read in my almost 52 years! It summarized all that I have come to believe about American politics and taught me things that I will forever hold to.
I have long believed that journalism is dead. Thank you for publishing a true journalistic masterpiece.
I am emailing this article to everyone I know. Keep up the
— Jeff Roberts
Please extend my heartfelt and earnest thanks to Professor
Codevilla for penning this.
— D. Church
Thank you, this is by far the best article I have
What a wonderful, well-articulated and profound article !!!
Please give up more of this writer!
— Mary Jane Washnock
Thanks for your great insights and the ‘grace’ for your
insightful way of attempting a solution. God Bless,
— Richard Gesswein
Thank you, wonderful article.
— Joan Heaney
— Brian G. Hoffman
— Lola Ball
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