The Ruling Class

The Ruling Class

Many sociologists deny there is a ruling class. Paul Fussell says there is one—but it is “top out of sight.” Albert Gore, George Bush, Robert Dole, and Richard Gephardt accused each other of belonging to it but wouldn’t be caught dead in it. Donald Trump and Lee Iacocca revel in it. What can a poor boy do?

Two very agitated authors offer to guide us to the truth. Lewis Lapham is a semidelinquent scion of the old elite. He has visited the famed Bohemian Grove and rubs shoulders with those who matter on Manhattan’s East Side—yet he is so daring as to edit an old and prestigious magazine. Tom Wolfe’s publisher portrays him as “the foremost chronicler of the way we live in America.”

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