Classic works on the rise of populism

(K. Brent Tomer),

The Managerial Revolution (1941) by James Burnham. Burnham, a Trotskyite turned conservative, identified a new group at the heart of Western society: a managerial elite that was engaged in a ruthless drive for dominance not only against the traditional business elite (which it accused of being selfish) but also against the unwashed masses (which it accused of being the slaves of atavistic emotions such as nationalism).

The Rise of the Meritocracy (1958) by Michael Young. Written by the author of the 1945 Labour manifesto this idiosyncratic book—part sociology, part history, part science fiction—predicts that the masses will rise up in rage against the credentialled elite not just because the elite hogs all the top jobs but also because it can’t conceal its conviction that people who don’t make it into the elite are worthless.

The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy (1995) by Christopher Lasch argues that America’s elites have engaged in a concerted revolt against traditional American values such as patriotism and religion. But the more they have defined these values as barbaric the more they have given themselves permission to engage in a class war against people who embrace these values, either marginalising them or…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Classic works on the rise of populism


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