This blog started out as a satirical website. Legend has it that the website was started by a group of one percenters called the Ruling Class Preservation (more on them below). We wanted to give voice to the ruling class as an organism in its own right, independent from its interested constituents who fear the unwashed masses. It is an approach that developed into a perspective called Ruling Class Observations (RCO). The aim was to show that:
- 1) the ruling class is an organism in its own right. It competes with its host society — in which it was gestating and from which it emerged — for the “social nutrients” produced by society, much like a parasite or tumors take over the nutrients meant for the host body.
- 2) the ruling class in a society determines almost everything in that society. All ideologies, conventional thinking, behavior, culture and including anti-ruling class ideas are directly influenced or determined by the dominant class. This truth of society is usually ignored. In everyday life many individuals like to say, “I don’t let the ruling class tell me what to do or think”. It is safe to say that under a truly free society this individual’s thoughts and actions would inevitably be very different by the mere fact that they wouldn’t have a master class over their heads to which they must necessarily sacrifice their time and money, or worse;
- 3) the influence of the ruling class is an ever present existence in our lives. Just as the ancients saw spirits in natural forces such as the wind or ocean that influence our lives, so too the ruling class emanates a spirit that influences and even drives our very movements, thoughts and decisions. We call this spirit the Supreme Executive;
- 4) from RCO point of view, resistance to the ruling class is actually necessary to the “health” of a its society. Without mass resistance, the ruling class risks destroying the very social foundations upon which it survives. Moreover, the ruling class is actually safe from resistance and even from attempts at revolution. History has shown that “mere” discontent and misery of the masses has never been enough to overthrow existing ruling class paradigms. Only an outside force, or a new rising force gestating within society — that grows in strength precisely due to the inflexibility and abuse of the ruling class — can take it down. Barring such rare circumstances, it is therefore in the interest of the ruling class to promote resistance. And we mean true resistance not fake controlled opposition. With “complete” domination of its masses, The ruling class is in danger of “suicide by success” due to the inability of the masses to mount effective resistance.
- 5) resistance and revolution, despite being useful to the “health” of ruling class society, is at the same time the only way society can overcome its master. Resistance and revolution are necessary if human society wants to overcome the ruling class and the misery, instability and relative lack of freedom it brings. That resistance of the discontented masses has never overthrown the ruling class paradigm doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
Either way, from the perspective of the ruling class or the masses, resistance and revolt in a ruling class society is absolutely necessary if that society is to survive. All this may sound elemental, conventional and politically radical but it is an essential component to functional society under a ruling class. RCO is a framework for understanding society and politics that cannot simply dismiss the ruling class factor, as well as checking the tribalism or ideological bias. The older articles on this site reflect this point of view, and are still very insightful and valuable to read. Here is how we originally formulated the premise of this website:
This blog is the nonpartisan creation of the Ruling Class Preservation Society (RCPS), an organization of privileged citizens concerned about social stability. To learn more about the RCPS and our philosophy, visit the RCPS page.
The Ruling Class Observer endeavors to promote the ruling class point of view. But we are not interested in the particular views of our fellow ruling class-mates. We are, rather, interested in the ruling class as an institution, an organization, an organism that has its own logic and will, independent of its members. We believe that respecting The Great Institution and how it functions will lead to a more stable, healthier longer-lasting society.
We hope that looking at the ruling class in this way will demonstrate to both the privileged order and the masses of the need to manage the Ruling Class institution for a healthy society.
The Preservation Society wants all of society, ruling class and its masses alike, to recognize the ruling class as the dominant factor that shapes their lives. The Great Institution is like the sun shining over nature, ubiquitous in the societies it dominates. No one is exempt. By understanding the true nature of the ruling class and its lower orders, it is hoped that the loyal masses would not be so taken in by ruling class rhetoric.
The loyal individual of the masses ought to learn that they need not accept everything the Establishment tells them, and that much of the system they have been conditioned to accept is geared toward controlling them and taking what the ruling class can from them. The Preservation Society believes that understanding the basic relationship between the ruling class and its masses would make it easier for the latter to join in the push back when the ruling class proposes policies harmful to the fundamental stability of society.
Let us work together, masses and masters alike, to guide the ruling class ship through the stormy waters of its own greed and corruption. Let us work together with good will before the masses begin to question their faith in their ruling class, and the necessity of a ruling class all together. For better or worse we live and act under one. Let’s deal with it.
Let us cooperate to preserve a healthy social stability for all — ruling class, middle class and poor alike. That is The Ruling Class Observer’s goal. It should be everyone’s.
The RCPS was an organization created by 1%. It is supposed to represent the “voice” of the ruling class institution and of the Supreme Executive. This is how we introduced the RCPS:
The Ruling Class Preservation Society (RCPS)
This is the official blog of the Ruling Class Preservation Society. The Preservation Society was created in 1934 by a group of influential citizens concerned about social stability. We are a nonpartisan organization.
In 1933 events unfolded that shook the American deep state and led to the creation of the Preservation Society. A coup was being planned against the US government. A who’s who of American industrial, banking and political might were involved. Major interests included the Du Ponts, JP Morgan, Remington Arms Company, Democrat and former NY Governor and presidential nominee Al Smith, among many others. These titans of society had become increasingly anxious at the rising popularity of socialism and the increasing radicalization of the masses as a result of the Great Depression. They saw FDR’s election as the embodiment of these forces and as a danger to their wealth.
This would-be junta of reactionaries needed a strong man to rally the troops who would lead them to the steps of Congress to save society from the ravages of the New Deal. The Morgan faction wanted Hanford MacNider, an Iowa manufacturer and former commander of the American Legion, for their leader. Others preferred General Douglas McArthur, who had recently destroyed a protest camp of veterans. The camp was set up by WWI veterans, many homeless with their families. It was a shanty town sprawled out on the Washington Mall. They demanded their war “bonus” that was promised to them years ago. McArthur charged in and set the “hooverville” afire. One person was killed and the bonus was voted down in Congress.
The ruling class world became deeply divided over the New Deal and the potential coup. Alarmingly, many ruling class members supported this misadventure of replacing FDR with a fascistic corporate puppet.
A certain member of the upper classes, whom we will call John Doe got caught up in these heady events. Society was at a fork in the road. One way led to dictatorship and uncharted waters. The other, as John Doe saw it, led to a welfare state that basically resembled the status quo with a slight material improvement in the lives of the masses. The latter seemed to be the more reasonable and conservative route to take. “Public programs worked spectacularly well building Germany into a world power,” he pointed out to his privileged associates. But the conspirators would have none of it.
“I have $30 million,” Singer Sewing Machine heir Robert Sterling Clark told Doe, “and I’m willing to spend half of it to protect the other half.” A line he was to repeat to General Smedley Butler.
Doe pointed out that these set of programs would get the economy going again, and not cost him so dearly. It had the added benefit of pacifying the masses. Clark was unmoved and undeterred.
Doe was offered a position in the new regime if he gave the project his financial and public support. Fortunately for the US, Doe was a very patriotic member of the American upper ruling class. He politely declined the offer, saying he was not interested. But on the contrary, he was greatly alarmed at what seemed to him at first a bad joke.
Distasteful as he found politics, Doe decided to lead the conspirators on, and encouraged them to seek the services of General Smedley Darlington Butler as their potential Hitler. He recommended General Butler precisely because he knew Butler was not a sympathizer of the very wealthy and Doe knew full well that he would not stand for a fascist coup.
“The General has incomparable popularity among ordinary people,” he told the would-be usurpers. It was true enough. Doe told them the General would play hard-to-get, and to be persistent with him. John Doe knew the General well enough that he could count on the old man to blow the whole conspiracy up. The potential potentates lobbied the General aggressively. Robert Sterling Clark visited him and repeated his mantra of saving half his fortune.
Sure enough, a coup was foiled, a congressional hearing was held and forgotten, even though much of General Butler’s testimony was independently corroborated. Why must a wealthy country sink into depression and come to the brink of a coup? John Doe asked himself.
In the aftermath of the foiled takeover, he founded an organization dedicated to finding the holy grail of social stability. He named his proto-“think tank” The Study Group on Social Stability. He gathered like-minded fellow ruling class-mates to his Fifth Avenue parlor. The Study Group was more or less as a club where members smoked cigars, drank liberally, sang songs, cross-dressed, engaged in esoteric rituals, and discussed the attempted coup, the Depression, the relative merits of fascism, welfare states, and of course, they conducted routine business.
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The Study Group was not made up of scholars — and still isn’t — but of concerned citizens. They wanted no part of scholars. They wanted fresh thinking, so they studied and discussed among themselves. They did not want sycophants tailoring a message for them, or justifying obvious nonsense. They wanted to save capitalism, not justify it. The organization has kept true to this principle to this day. We do not even employ website managers which is why this a modest blog. We do not have political consultants, marketing experts or academics, aside from the few we may query.
Gradually, succeeding generations studied and debated more, and sang less, but arguably drank and cross-dressed just as much. Many of these ruling class-mates even strayed into theories of the extreme left and right in quest of truth. Tensions arose over previously unknown or blocked out facts. And as these facts came out, an unflattering picture of the Ruling Class emerged. As a result many members dropped out of the Study Group. They learned the “truth” about their society. The Group got leaner, but it also acquired a tough reputation for honesty among ruling class circles. We changed our name to reflect our ultimate agenda: The Ruling Class Preservation Society .
The more these leading citizens study and discuss, the more we’ve come to the conclusion that responsible management of the ruling class as an institution — as opposed to focusing attention on the individual motivations of the privileged — is the key to understanding and managing society. We have learned much and want to share that learning with those who want a more stable world. It is vital and incumbent upon all, whether members of the ruling class or individuals of the masses, to work together for a healthy ruling class, and a stable society. This is the mission of the Ruling Class Preservation Society.
The RCPS still lives on and we do refer to it as a symbol of responsible ruling class sentiment. And the Supreme Executive certainly lives just take an honest look at your life and world around you. He shines on us all.
Comments below were made before the explanations of the project were made here.