Bourgeois Era, Deirdre McCloskey studies the history, evolution, and importance of the middle class from its rise in Western Europe some 400 years ago to the magnificent heights of affluence and power it enjoys today. It is the middle class that made Western Europe and America the great powers they have been for centuries and that has created a standard of living beyond anything imaginable before.
From the beginning, the intelligentsia, the modern-day descendants of medieval scholars and scribes, sought to undermine the middle class and to preserve the hierarchical class structure with which they identified. That is the same autocratic class structure that Hillary had in mind when she labeled ordinary Americans “deplorables” or that explains the creepy hypocrisy of Biden’s working-class persona.
While the idea of “lords and ladies” may seem like ancient history, the fact is that the reactionary thinking of the court intelligentsia is still very much with us. The leaders of today’s Democrat party view themselves as more intelligent and entitled than the mass of deplorables whom they were born to govern.
Not just that: The intelligentsia are determined to eliminate the middle class, whose values and political interests are so much opposed to their own insistence on centralized control. To this end, today’s progressives are doing all they can to block the path to the middle class — a path that expanded dramatically under President Trump. It is not in the left’s interest to have a broad, inquisitive, educated, assertive middle class demanding the right to govern themselves.
In place of a large, educated middle class, progressives want to return to the ancient feudal system in which the lives of the peasants were controlled and directed by the aristocracy. In the feudal system, it was not just the economy that was dominated by the elite; almost every aspect of peasant life was directed by their “betters,” including their freedom of movement and association, choice of work, and decisions regarding marriage and raising of children. Life-and-death decisions such as access to food and shelter were also in the hands of the elite.