According to Angelo M. Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, power in America is held by a distinct ruling class, comprised of both Democrats and Republicans, a political and social elite that uses the government to advance its interests against the two-thirds of ordinary Americans whom it rules with contempt. This is not an economic class–just being wealthy won’t get you in–but rather it is a social aristocracy based not on birth but on a particular set of beliefs, social values, and class markers. The article is long, it defies excerpt or paraphrase, and it is inflammatory. You’ve got to read it: The American Spectator : America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution. Then talk about it here.