Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sad News: Angelo Codevilla Has Died

Angelo Codevilla has been probably the most intellectual voice on the side of "the Deplorables" versus the ruling class. National Review has a short in memoriam about him here. I'm sure many other conservative news sites and blogs will also be mentioning this. No official word on cause of death, but Greg Reynolds has unofficially indicated that Codevilla died as a result of an automobile accident.

    Codevilla has not been a friend to the ruling elite, rather pointedly pointing out their failings including their isolation from and hatred of traditional Americans, and their success being more a result of their sinecure rather than talent and ability. For instance, a little over a month ago, he published a piece at The American Mind with the title, "The Death of the Global Cop," excoriating the elites on their failures on the international front. He begins by noting:

    Here and now, more than usual, a nation’s relation with others flows less from choices about policy than it does from the character of its people and ruling class. Scarcely any foreign policy is possible for a people who hate one another. All but the most basic functions are beyond being supported by a population—of ever lower intellectual and moral capacity—that has lost confidence in its leaders. Today’s U.S. ruling class is thoroughly corrupt and absorbed in domestic revolution. No serious statesmen would display their own country’s internal divisions as does the U.S. by flying the LGBT flag. It is not reasonable to expect foreigners to take seriously American statesmen who do not take seriously their own country’s unity and interests.  

    Having witnessed the abandon with which the ruling class abstracted from reality to weaponize U.S. relations with Russia, it is impossible to imagine that it would refrain from doing the same with any other matter that it deemed convenient. U.S. relations with China depend on various Chinese interests’ outright purchase of practical allegiance up and down and throughout America’s political and social hierarchy. The opera buffa with regard to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline shouts that U.S. words and deeds are thin cover for actions actually driven by coincidences of U.S. and German personal interests. In that regard, the coziness between the U.S. and European ruling class simply reflects what concerns both equally, namely fighting off populist pressures against increasingly intolerable mal-government.  

For instance:

What could the U.S. Navy do were China to try conquering Taiwan? Issuing stern warnings while refraining from fortifying the island with serious missile defense is un-serious. Serious geopolitical analysis, however, is beyond folks who can think only of denigrating their less sophisticated subjects. Fighting that domestic war of conquest consumes them. Until that is over, discussions of foreign affairs must remain theoretical. 

     At a recent roundtable with Angelo Codevilla, Todd Gitlin, Michael Lind, Ilana Redstone, and Wesley Yang, Codevilla described our current political system as:

... an oligarchy, run by a class of persons linked to the Democratic Party. It is not a standard oligarchy, by and for persons intent on preserving and enhancing their economic primacy—though that is a part of it. But the defining feature of today’s American oligarchy is the sense that the class that runs essentially all U.S. institutions senses itself so intellectually and morally superior to the rest of Americans that it may rule rightly without the latter’s consent.

In responding to another panelist's suggestion that the Republican party had become a white supremist redoubt, Codevilla responded:

    White supremacist redoubt? That can be only on the planet where Larry Elder [a black politician] is the face of white supremacy.

    The current American system grew inside the Republic’s constitutional and institutional structures. The mechanism consisted of an increasing blurring of lines between private and public power. Government regulated business, and business was happy to return the favor. This has been happening all over the West since Italy’s 1926 Law of Corporations (fascism’s charter). In the United States, it happened more slowly but with the same results.

    At a certain point, circa 2007 to 2010, the holders of institutional power began to dispense with increasingly empty ritual obeisance to the will of the voters and began exercising the powers of “stakeholders.” In that sense, there is nothing peculiarly American about it. The American peculiarity comes from the social animus with which the stakeholders rule.

 Find some of his articles. 

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