The (Unzippered) Ruling Class

Angelo DeCodevilla

Angelo DeCodevilla

One of the memes I’ve come to fervently believe in is what Angelo DeCodevilla called “The Ruling Class.” It’s the class of people who are not bound the same rules as you and me. You see, they’re better than us. They are immune from the things that bind the The Little People. Things like not paying taxes, assaulting chambermaids, and leaving young women to drown in Oldsmobiles are “understandable” and we shouldn’t burden Great Men from the quotidian constraints that bind the rest of us.

The elites feel that they can dispense with ordinary morality. What’s not so clear is why these elites have hangers-on in the media to enable them in their depredations. After all, one of the foundational myths of journalism is that they are “The Fourth Estate,” “The People’s Watchdog,” and other such tripe.

For an excellent take-down of the trainwreck that is our secular Ruling Class, please read this humorous editorial by Mark Steyn, the Chronicler of the End of Western Civilization. For a take-down of the Mainstream Media that supports them, please stay tuned to the blogosphere.

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The Unzippered Princeling and the Serving Wench

By Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn

Back when he was still the officially designated Next President of France and not an accused rapist, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was glimpsed at the annual IMF soccer tournament wearing a T-shirt emblazoned “YES, WE KAHN!” (Monsieur le directeur was not participating in the game: The field he likes to play requires more horizontal exertions, as even the deferential and protective French media have begun belatedly to acknowledge.) In consciously mimicking the slogan of another and very successful presidential candidate, the IMF boss and Socialist Party candidate improved upon it – or, at any rate, made it more accurate. “Yes, We Can”? Er, no, actually, you can’t. But yes, he Kahn!

A man is innocent until proven guilty, and it will be for a New York court to determine what happened in M Strauss-Kahn’s suite at the Sofitel. It may well be that’s he the hapless victim of a black Muslim widowed penniless refugee maid – although, if that’s the defense my lawyer were proposing to put before a Manhattan jury, I’d be inclined to suggest he’s the one who needs to plead insanity. Whatever the head of the IMF did or didn’t do, the reaction of the French elites is most instructive. “We and the Americans do not belong to the same civilization,” sniffed Jean Daniel, editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, insisting that the police should have known that Strauss-Kahn was “not like other men” and wondering why “this chambermaid was regarded as worthy and beyond any suspicion.” Bernard-Henri Lévy, the open-shirted, hairy-chested Gallic intellectual who talked Sarkozy into talking Obama into launching the Libyan war, is furious at the lèse-majesté of this impertinent serving girl and the jackanapes of America’s “absurd” justice system, not to mention this ghastly “American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other.”

Read the complete article on the Orange County Register website.


  1. Lola J. Lee Beno says

    It’s all about access to information, mind you. Hence, the symbiotic relationship.

  2. James Morgan says

    George, have you forgotten a former president, George W. Bush, who waged war on a foreign country because he believed a mythical report of weapons of mass destruction? I believe his family would consider themselves to be a part of the ‘ruling class’. At least they acted that way.

    • Christopher says

      This is exactly correct. In general, I stand to the right of the liberal (if “moderately” so when compared to the Democrats) Bush family, but let’s call a spade a spade. This family is every bit as “aristocratic” as the Kennedy family. On the other hand let’s be clear that no member of the Bush family ever left a girl to drown…