Hawthorne will like this.
Here is a link to a Lew Rockwell post by Charles Burris. Burris is the LRC blogger who frequently posts about Elite theory. I believe he calls it Libertarian Class Analysis. I post this for the post itself, but also for the links. Since we are likely to be discussing the virtues and flaws of Nixon a lot with the release of Pat Buchanan’s new Nixon book, I think this is an important aspect for understanding Nixon and his milieu.
There is a link to a Kirkpatrick Sale column that can be read in whole. Sale seems to be more overtly leftist at this point in his life, and that bleeds through into the article, but it still transmits a lot of knowledge and sets the stage. There is also a link to the underground classic, The Yankee and Cowboy War, by Carl Olgesby, also a leftist but a somewhat eclectic one. The book is prohibitively expensive on Amazon. (I wonder why someone doesn’t reprint it.) The most I have found available online is part of the introduction, but even that gives you a sense of what the book is about.
Basically the idea is that there was a feud between Northeastern old money elites (Yankees) and what Sale calls Southern Rim (essentially the California through Florida Sun Belt region) new money elites (Cowboys). I don’t know if it is really the conspiracy/Elite Unified Field Theory it is presented as, but it explains the shift in the base of the GOP as much as does racial issues, and it clarifies the Nixon milieu. IMO, Nixon’s paranoia and other personal quirks can not be understood without understanding his deep seated resentment against the Yankee Establishment.
I’m really curious to see how much Buchanan covers of this vs. just Nixon’s political comeback, which is what the book is billed as being about. Buchanan is too loyal to disparage his old boss, but hopefully we will get a feel for the man’s personality from someone who was close to him.