Well it’s not really versus, but versus makes for a more intriguing title.
Anyway, Scott McConnell responds here to a comment Tom Piatak made in a previous thread. Read McConnell’s post, but to sum it up briefly he suggests that the problem for the middle class is less the underclass from below (the Obamaphone lady) and more the elite class from above which has disconnected itself from America. He makes a good point, but it isn’t either or. It’s both, a point Paul Gottfried makes in the comments section.
My (somewhat intemperate in hindsight) comment is below. It addresses the issue and expresses my frustration with the TAC style of critique.
Both Scott and Tom are correct. The elites have formed a coalition with the underclass and minorities against the middle. The elites buy and pander for the allegiance of minorities. They maintain discipline among the white urban upper class through an “I’m not one of those flyover country Philistines” class identification. This is the dynamic that Codevilla pointed out in his article/book The Ruling Class. What is so frustrating is that TAC contributes to this “I’m not one of those Philistines” dynamic, either knowingly or not (you tell me), with the nature of its criticism. For every one “Movement conservatives are such dodo heads” post there should be at least 10 “Get down off your high horse you bunch of pathetic PC preening self-loathers” posts directed at the SWPL liberals who make that coalition possible. Not that conservatives should be beyond criticism. It just that the criticism of them needs to be identifiably “red” and not contribute to the zeitgeist already arrayed against us.