The Whip-The People Class, July 30, 2010

This Whip category pertains to what I call the People Class–my name for the “Country Class” as identified by retired Boston University professor Angelo M. Codevilla in his influential essay America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution[*1] .

This would be the “us” as opposed to the “them” of the Ruling Class. The difference is that people in the People Class don’t want to run anyone else’s life–they just want to be free to run their own lives to the best of their abilities. The people in the Ruling Class think that they’re qualified to tell the rest of us how to run their lives–up to and including demanding that the People Class give money to the Ruling Class because they’re somehow “owed” some kind of reparations to make things more “fair.” So yes, the Angry Poor are, in fact, part of the Ruling Class, not of the People Class, in that they think they have the right to order other people to provide for their “needs.”

This is the fundamental political issue of our time–despite what the journalists and “opnion-makers” (but I repeat myself) in the Ruling Class would have you believe.

The issue IS the Ruling Class, and more specifically, how long the People Class will continue to put up with their increasingly shrill and unreasonable demands. Cover Photo for Governor Palin’s New Book Revealed [*2]

VAT Time? A money machine that conservatives shouldn’t oppose. [*3]

“Guerrilla Economics” Coming to [*4]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Should Go–It’s time to let gays serve openly in the military [*5] — Nobody’s asking you to like it . . . but if you liked everything everyone else said, we wouldn’t need a First Amendment either, would we? This is where the pro-gay people trip up. Yeah, gay people should be perfectly free–but so should everyone else, and that means tolerating the civil expression of disapproval–of speech, of political orientation, of sexual orientation. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. You can’t have “gay rights” without at the same time allowing other people the right to approve or disapprove as their consciences direct. That’s called freedom, and that’s why freedom is not easy, and must be constantly defended.

Liberty or Tyranny in 2010: Support the Rightward, Most Viable Candidate [*6]

The Great Economics Smackdown [*7]

Krugman contra Hayek [*8]

California’s fiscal crisis provides a stark look at the difference between today’s left and right [*9]

The choice [*10]

NEED INPUT: Was there ever a time when you had to call out someone you liked very much for doing something very bad? [*11]

A Liberaltarian Reader [*12] — “Liberaltarians” are, I fear, a bit like unicorns . . . very pretty, nice to think about, but don’t really exist in the real world. At least until we re-redefine the word “liberal” to mean what it once did–what we now call “classical liberal.” Libertarians need to stop calling themselves “libertarians” and start calling themselves what they are: Freedom-centrists.

A Liberaltarian Reader? [*13] On the Set of Atlas Shrugged – 53 Years in the Making [*14]

Swapping a VAT for failing income tax is good policy [*15]

Year of the Tea Party Voter: Republicans are winning over voters who are disgruntled with both parties. [*16]

November Starts Now — Obama’s 3:00 AM Fail [*17]

If This Doesn’t Motivate You For November, Nothing Will [*18]

My finger on the Gingrich lever? (A hypothetical doomsday scenario which gives me nightmares…) [*19]

A Rhee of Hope: Will Michelle Rhee fix D.C.’s notoriously dysfunctional school system? [*20]

Right to Work Is a Winning Political Issue [*21]

Restoring Honor Rally – New Video [*22]

Institute for Justice: The Power of One Entrepreneur Campaign [*23]