Class Warfare Blog

June 11, 2016

Ignorant, Ignorant, Ignorant

In an op-ed piece in today’s N.Y. Times (What ‘Hamilton’ Forgets About Alexander Hamilton, by Jason Frank and Isaac Kramnick, June 10, 2016) the authors decry what the writers of the super-smash hit musical “Hamilton” left out. Here is how they put it: “But the musical avoids an equally pronounced feature of Hamilton’s beliefs: his deeply ingrained elitism, his disdain for the lower classes and his fear of democratic politics.”

First, it is a fricking musical for Pete’s sake. Does one expect historical accuracy from Evita? from Peter Pan? Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? Sheesh!

Second, Hello?

Apparently the authors were unaware that all of the framers had these opinions. Shopkeepers and farriers, even printers, were considered “middling men” and were not trusted to be part of the reins of government. The framers spoke frequently how to protect the fledgling republic from the participation of the middling sort, should they ever decide they should be involved. They all assumed that the government would be of the elite, the men (yes, men) most capable of rising to the various occasions that were sure to occur. Why, it should be men like themselves!

Is this a shock? Is this a character flaw in Hamilton? If it is, it was in all of the rest, also.

They all feared unbridled democracy, in fact democracy, a true democracy, was off the table almost immediately in their considerations. They assumed that were a democracy to be formed the “have nots” would tyrannically confiscate the wealth of the “haves.” Nope, not a democracy; a republic, yeah, that’s the ticket! If you look at the work they did, you can see that their concern for property (slaves, wives, children, land, etc.) was greater than their concern for liberty, that they felt that the elites, like themselves, were better as leaders and so should lead, and elections are best left to the elites. They created the Electoral College after all.

The authors of this op-ed were, I suppose, trying to arouse some sentiment that Hamilton wasn’t really a good guy, but all they did was to demonstrate their own ignorance.

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6 Comments »

  1. I suppose it was “can’t find anything else to bitch about day.”

    My wife has those sometimes… I just glanced over my shoulder to make sure she wasn’t in the room. A guy has gotta be careful what he types!

    Comment by shelldigger — June 11, 2016 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

    • Make sure she doesn’t subscribe to your blog or you’ll really be in trouble! (Actually I just flood her inbox and then she just deletes my posts without reading them! Hey, it is a strategy!)

      I have a new phone number (if you keep track of such things). It is 773.793.9706. The old number will continue to work for a while.

      Steve June 11-2016

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 11, 2016 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

      • Heh 🙂 My wife is a pretty good gal for the most part. She’s a keeper. But there are times we all have bad days… I was mostly speaking in jest. Mostly 🙂

        Just in case you are reading this “I love you dear!”

        Does that mean you accept collect calls? 😉 Actually I have the Trac Fone home phone, 15 bucks a month, and FREE UNLIMITED long distance. Not getting paid to advertise for them, it’s just such a killer deal I don’t mind passing it on.

        Yes, I’m a cheap S.O.B. But for decades I paid AT&T darn near 50 dollars a month (way back when it was closer to $20 a month) for a phone I could call only inside my own county only. And it kept creeping up with no explanation, no reasoning, no understanding the 19 different charges on the bill, and no Vaseline. I’m still pissed at them for that.

        Comment by shelldigger — June 12, 2016 @ 5:45 am | Reply

        • Interesting, I did the same. Works out to $10 a month which is good because I do not like phones and only have it for emergencies and the occasional text or call when traveling. I am constantly amazed that people find their phones so interesting. The quality of the communications provided seems mundane in the extreme. Maybe they are the equivalent of the baby blanket some dragged around until it was time to go to school, a security nookie.

          I have a new phone number (if you keep track of such things). It is 773.793.9706. The old number will continue to work for a while.

          Steve June 11-2016

          On Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 5:45 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 12, 2016 @ 7:47 am | Reply

  2. I saw somewhere for how much the Hamilton show tickets are going – and apparently, you have to belong to the elite just to see the musical about Hamilton.

    Comment by List of X — June 12, 2016 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • I always let the rich people go first and when they run out of those, they drop the price. ;o)

      I have a new phone number (if you keep track of such things). It is 773.793.9706. The old number will continue to work for a while.

      Steve June 11-2016

      On Sun, Jun 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 12, 2016 @ 9:21 pm | Reply


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