Changing a Political System That Is Rigged Against You

In a recent post titled “The Rule of Law and the Ruling Class in American History” I suggested that observing which parts of the American people could break laws with impunity and which parts were certain to be punished for doing so can shed light on the inner workings of American society during any particular […]

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Ominous Parallels: What Antebellum America Can Teach Us About Our Modern Political Regime

Many people point to the hyper-partisanship of national Democratic and Republican parties as the greatest challenge facing 21st century America. When seen through the lens of another vapidly partisan political system – that of Jacksonian America – we see that the real danger is not noisy partisanship, but the iniquity it hides: for them it was slavery; for us, plutarchy.   Living amidst the raucous partisanship of contemporary times it […]

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Notes From All Over (6/10/2010)

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. THE REPUBLIC Taxes and Presidential Math Veronique de Rugy. The American. 5 October 2010. Mr. de Rugy presents the best graphic of the month: Tip of the Hat to John Kranz of ThreeSources. Social Cohesion and the Bohemian Grove: the Power Elite at Summer Camp […]

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Notes From All Over 29/07/2010

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. TOP BILLING: Haiti, Disaster Sociology, Elite Panic, and LootingGary Peterson. Resilience Science. 2010 January 30. This is one of the more compelling defenses of decentralization to be found under 2,000 words. Looking at disaster situations, Mr. Peterson does not find the disorder and chaos of […]

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Mr. Codevilla’s Ruling Class: Some Reservations

This author has waged a long crusade to turn public attention towards the greatest challenge now facing our Republic – the irresponsible and unaccountable elite that rule America and the citizen apathy that allows this rentier class to stand unopposed. While much of the traffic on this site comes from my posts on the matter, […]

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Notes From All Over (05/7/2010).

A collection of articles, essays, and blog post of merit. THE REPUBLIC The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the U.S. Labor Market: Implications for Employment and Earnings David Autor. Center for American Progress. April 2010. In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That Catherine Rampell. New York Times. 21 June 2010. Financial Revolving Doors: […]

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We Laugh Because It is True (But Perhaps We Should Be Crying Too)

Once again, The Onion proves that it deserves the title ‘America’s most intelligent newspaper‘ : Report: Majority Of Government Doesn’t Trust Citizens Either The Onion. May 19, 2010. WASHINGTONβ€”At a time when widespread polling data suggests that a majority of the U.S. populace no longer trusts the federal government, a Pew Research Center report has […]

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Cases in Plutarchy? The U.S. Senate by Graduating Institution

REASONS FOR INQUIRY The global font of user-generated wisdom provides the following definition of plutarchy: Plutocracy is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth. The combination of both plutocracy and oligarchy is called plutarchy. In a plutocracy, the degree of economic inequality is high while the level of social mobility is low. This […]

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