30th August 2012: Revolt of the (Rich) Elites

Mike Lofgren writes in The American Conservative on 1% elites:

 

At the end of the Cold War many writers predicted the decline of the traditional nation-state. Some looked at the demise of the Soviet Union and foresaw the territorial state breaking up into statelets of different ethnic, religious, or economic compositions. This happened in the Balkans, the former Czechoslovakia, and Sudan. Others predicted a weakening of the state due to the rise of Fourth Generation warfare and the inability of national armies to adapt to it. The quagmires of Iraq and Afghanistan lend credence to that theory. There have been numerous books about globalization and how it would eliminate borders. But I am unaware of a well-developed theory from that time about how the super-rich and the corporations they run would secede from the nation state. [emphasis added]

 

Exhibit A: Christopher Lasch‘s The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy (New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1995) which Lofgren mentions in his final paragraphs, and which I read a review copy of in 1996. I recall Bertram Gross also raised this possibility in Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America (New York: M. Evans, 1980) which later inspired Consolidated‘s album Friendly Fa$cism (Nettwerk, 1991) — a radical activist band not on the playlist for this year’s Republication National Convention.