The Rise of the Praetorian Class - Casey Research
Ottway Ducard stashed this in poli
The emergence and rise of the Praetorian Class is a common observation in societies that have transitioned from market-based meritocracies to societies governed by coercive syndicates formed by the Political Class. The Praetorian Class is formed and grown to defend the Political Class and in time becomes the dragon that rules its master. It represents a highly disturbing trend because it foretells the decline, not the advance, of a society. In some instances, the decline is peaceful, clearing the path for an improved future. Unfortunately, in many instances that is not the case. The Political Class leverages the full force of the Praetorian Class representing significant loss in wealth, personal freedom and, in many cases, human life. For this reason, it is critical that productive members of society take steps to protect themselves.
I am not ready to embrace the logic behind this idea. The jump to the third reich is a cheesy theatrical reference. I find a number of his statements to be assumptions.
Not all "economic class" people are good. Capitalists can be ruthless. Not all "political class" people are deceitful. Public servants are sometimes just that. The "warrior class" does not hold loyalty above all in America. A lot of people take the oath to the Constitution quite seriously (Officers do not swear any loyalty to the President), as they should, and do help illuminate misdeeds to the American people. Generals retire and speak out. Military numbers are being cut. The Bush Wars have likely taught a new generation of Americans leaders about the Powell Doctrine and how much blood and treasure boots-on-the-ground cost America.
Finally, I am bothered that the author does not offer any solutions just a warning. If this has been the case so often in history, there should be some available next steps. He even says as much but fails to really offer anything.
I think it would be better to have a discussion about the economic policies that he thinks are wounding the "economic class" currently and what those policies have looked like over the last 20 years, the impact similar policies in other countries, etc.
Well said. There are many shades of grey, and I get the impression that young people are frustrated enough with the mistakes that got us where we are that they have the potential to change things for the better if they're willing to participate.