Noblesse Oblige and the Broken Contract: How Americans Can Connect With Their Ruling Class

Portrait of the Villers Family by Jean-Bernard Duvivier, 1790, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

July 25, 2023

This article appears in Vol III Issue II: Populism In popular parlance, the term democracy is invoked as the end-all-be-all of modern government. It implies rule by popular favor, and the winning politicians’ slogans often include some variation of being a “champion of the people.” In a post-2020 world, the…

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