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The Aristocrats!

While setting up my quixotic petition yesterday, I’d linked the earliest-archived version of one of my early blogs. Browsing through it, I ran across an item referencing Phil Agre of the late, great Red Rock Eater News Service which made me wonder whatever happened to him.

It turns out that a decade ago he apparently disappeared and then apparently was found—and then all reference to him appears simply to have stopped.

If nothing else, it’s worth reading his 2004 analysis of conservatism as aristocracy.

Modern-day liberals often theorize that conservatives use “social issues” as a way to mask economic objectives, but this is almost backward: the true goal of conservatism is to establish an aristocracy, which is a social and psychological condition of inequality. Economic inequality and regressive taxation, while certainly welcomed by the aristocracy, are best understood as a means to their actual goal, which is simply to be aristocrats.

Emphasis mine.

This post originally was published 2 years ago by Bix Frankonis on Posts older than a decade might not reflect my current views.