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. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the "in" language -- serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence 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. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.
Ili opis konflikta između Tea Party i Washington D.C. kompleksa, odnosno vladajuće klase i "seljaka", (ili "kmetova" kako bi rekao Mencius Moldbug)
The ruling class's appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side's vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong. Because each side -- especially the ruling class -- embodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side's view of itself. One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable.
Tekst je vrlo dug, ali predstavlja po mom sudu najbolju političku analizu američkog sistema od vremena Murray Rothbarda i njegovog teksta Strategija desnice. Štaviše, mislim da u Rothbard pruža komplementarnu dimenziju razumevanju ne samo fenomena dvopartijske zavere protiv "klase seljaka", nego i objašnjenje uloge medija i think tankova u cementiranju te neoaristoraktske vladajuće koalicije. Ali, on mimo dijagnoze, za razliku od Codeville, daje i konkretan politički program šta da se radi, u prethodno linkovanom, ali i u sledećim tekstovima.
Ne treba ni naglašavati da Beltway mafija uopšte nije oduševljena. Ni jedan "konzervativni" medij nije se oglasio, ni Weekly Standard ni National Review, niko (koji obično ne propuštaju da komentarišu sve "novosti" ovog tipa, osim ako se ne odnose (i) na republikanski establišment). S druge strane, D.C. PC libertarijanci Codevillu nazivaju "reakcionarem". Nepredvidivo i nadasve originalno!