The American Bear


When Southerners quote Patrick Henry — ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ — what they’re really demanding is the unquestioned, unrestrained right to turn their fellow citizens into supplicants and subjects. The Yankee elites have always known this — and feared what would happen if that kind of aristocracy took control of the country. And that tension between these two very different views of what it means to be ‘elite’ has inflected our history for over 400 years. How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America