Frank Buckley Author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America
a Foundation Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University,
where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin
Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught
at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He
received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard
University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America and The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America.
following is adapted from a speech delivered on July 11, 2016, at
Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional
Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family
Foundation Lecture Series.
In the Communist Manifesto,
Marx and Engels wrote that “the history of all hitherto existing
societies is the history of class struggles.” Today the story of
American politics is the story of class struggles. It wasn’t supposed to
be that way. We didn’t think we were divided into different classes.
Neither did Marx.
was an exception to Marx’s theory of social progress. By that theory,
societies were supposed to move from feudalism to capitalism to
communism. But the America of the 1850s, the most capitalist society
around, was not turning communist. Marx had an explanation for that.
“True enough, the classes already exist,” he wrote of the United States,
but they “are in constant flux and reflux, constantly changing their
elements and yielding them up to one another.” In other words, when you
have economic and social mobility, you don’t go communist. . . . continue reading