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Gaetano Mosca and Elitism

gaetano mosca the ruling class

Little by little the warrior lords increased their demands to the point where the share they took as members of the community came to include the community's whole produce minus what was absolutely necessary for subsistence on the part of the cultivators; and when the latter tried to escape such abuses they were constrained by force to stay bound to the soil, their situation taking on all the characteristics of serfdom pure and simple. Bonn speaking for Germany; Gaetano Mosca is the Italian representative in that distinguished company. In order to conserve her independence and her ancient national spirit, apan was obliged rapidly {p. Mosca was born in Palermo in Sicily in 1858 and educated at Palermo University. When peasants came to complain of the nobles, he contented himself with asking whether they had no sticks and stones. Cases like that of Saguntum and of Numantia, or like the taking of Tyre by Alexander the Great, or of Carthage by Scipio, have been at all periods of history altogether exceptional.

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Il Regno: Ponderable Quote From Ruling by Gaetano Mosca

gaetano mosca the ruling class

It will simply present itself in a graver form. The Comparative Study of Elites, Stanford University Press, 1952. One more thing is remarkable about that senatorial peroration: in the teeth of the new tyrant, Gaetano Mosca took the opportunity to speak in defense of the very system which he had attacked throughout his life. Since land abounded and workers were scarce, the peasants often had an eye to their advantage and moved about. The Italy of the Renaissance is chronologically only a little over a century removed from the Italy of Dante; but in that interval the artistic, moral and scientific ideal is transformed by an inner creative ferment of the nation and the man of the Middle Ages changes and is gone. The men who are today governing the former empire of the czars are themselves trying to moderate the realization of the Marxian program. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public.

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The myth of the ruling class : Gaetano Mosca and the With the first English translation of the final version of The theory of the ruling class. (Book, 1962) [georgiajudges.org]

gaetano mosca the ruling class

A system of illusions, therefore, is not easily discredited until it can be replaced with a new system. In a word, old age, the forerunner of death, comes upon political organisms when the ideas and sentiments which make them capable of the collective effort that is required, if they are to maintain their group personality, lose inflence and prestige without being replaced by others. It is not so certain, meantime, that it would be altogether beneficial to the collectivity to have every advantage of birth eliminated in the struggle for membership in the ruling class and for high position in the social hierarchy. All these great thinkers or statesmen, then, would seem to have had one common feeling: that the soundness of political institutions depends upon an appropriate fusing and balancing of the differing but constant principles and tendencies which are at work in all political organisms. Wealth rather than military valor comes to be the characteristic feature of the dominant class: the people who rule are the rich rather than the brave.

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Gaetano Mosca

gaetano mosca the ruling class

Oftentimes the priests not only perform religious functions. But it prevents them in general from understanding, and therefore from sympathizing with, the sorrows and tribulations of those who live on the lower rungs of the social ladder; and they are equally insensitive to the toils and efforts of those who have managed to climb a rung or two on the ladder by their own achievement. And how else could one understand the present, not to speak of future hopes, if not in terms of centuries! They may succeed in retaining their ranks and offices nominally for some time, but when such functions are actually exercised by subalterns, the subalterns soon become the actual masters. At the end of 1918 all the belligerent states were burdened with enormous public debts. One of the commonest sophisms of socialist propaganda is that class hatred is not produced by socialist doctrines, but is a natural consequence of the inequalities and injustices that prevail in society. But we do not think that even provisions as radical as these would suffice to establish in the world an absolute justice that will never be realized, but which will always be appealed to by those who are trying to upset the system of social rankings that {p.

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The myth of the ruling class : Gaetano Mosca and the With the first English translation of the final version of The theory of the ruling class. (Book, 1962) [georgiajudges.org]

gaetano mosca the ruling class

Many mountaineers or sailors are by nature timid men, yet they face unmoved, the ones the dangers of the precipice, the others the perils of the storm at sea. Less fortunate than Russia, western Europe is overpopulated and in continual need, even in normal times, of certain raw materials that are indispensable to daily living, and these can be supplied only by America or other parts of the world. If European civilization has been able to create a type of political organization that is profoundly different from that of the Near Eastern empire, the fact is due in very large part to the intellectual legacy left by Greece and Rome. Other infiltrations from Egypt and the Near East came in the period when a truly Hellenic culture was reawakening, in other words by the beginning of the ninth century B. Toynbee, who really was part of an elite:. But after the Poles came to settle on the broad plains that are watered by the Vistula and the Niemen, agriculture began to develop among them.

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The Ruling Class by Gaetano Mosca

gaetano mosca the ruling class

But in the first place, a primitive Celtic lineage still survives in the north of Scotland, in Wales and also in French Brittany, whither some of the Britons emigrated under Saxon pressure. Pareto and Mosca, Prentice-Hall 1965. If so, their cheers were premature. Yet aristocracies that cannot defend themselves adequately from idleness decline rapidly. Published in 1896, the Elementi di Scienza Politica gained immediate and broad recognition as a masterpiece of political theorization following the general course set 400 years before by Machiavelli. The classification mentioned above which divides governments into absolute monarchies, limited monarchies and republics, was devised by Montesquieu and was intended to replace the classical categories of Aristotle, who divided governments into monarchies, aristocracies and democracies. But quite apart from that consideration, it is now certain that the concentration of wealth and of the instruments of production in a very few hands, which should have preceded their collectivization and made it easy for the countless hordes in the proletarian phalanx to expropriate the handful of proprietors, had not taken place before the World War and had not even moved in the direction of doing so.

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Il Regno: Ponderable Quote From Ruling by Gaetano Mosca

gaetano mosca the ruling class

It can only turn out that the man who acts, and knows how to act, will eventually succeed in commanding. At any rate, if a society ha shad no revolutions and undergone no serious political changes for some centuries, when it begins at last to emrge from its long torpor it is much more easily persuaded that the triumph of a new doctrine, the establishment of a new form of government, will mark the beginning of a new era, a new golden age, and that on its advent all men will become good and happy in a new land of Cathay. Greece had frequent contacts with it. Qualification for important office - the habit of, and to an extent the capacity for, dealing with affairs of consequence - is much more readily acquired when one has had a certain familiarity with them from childhood. The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, W. Something of the sort happens in elective chambers in countries with parliamentary governments. Before proclaiming their exclusive and hereditary right to power the families or castes in question must have held the scepter of command in a firm grasp, completely monopolizing all the political forces of that country at that period.

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Gaetano Mosca and Elitism

gaetano mosca the ruling class

It is taken from the Iliad. Rural serfdom was not brought about by the barbarian invasions. Campanella also wanted to abolish private property and the family. They perished, or are perishing, chiefly because, as we have seen, agriculture and an encroaching civilization have reduced the supply of big game which was their principal means of subsistence. However, even if the art of governing has now and again enjoyed prestige with certain classes of persons who have long held possession of political functions, knowledge of it has never served as an ordinary criterion for admitting to public offices persons who were barred from them by social station. As we often see, when that is not possible, not even a sequence of sufferings, of terrible trials born of experiences more terrible still, is enough to disenchant a people; or, more exactly, discouragement rather than disillusionment settles upon that people.

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Gaetano Mosca and the theory of the ruling class

gaetano mosca the ruling class

But socialist propaganda had no difflculty in demonstrating that this liberal faith had no foundation in fact, that democracy, however generous, did not prevent power from remaining in the hands of the bourgeoisie, which, according to socialist doctrines, will always be separated from the humbler classes in society by an incurable conflict of interests. But we must not forget, either, that t he children of Israel have always lived spiritually apart from the peoples among whom they dwelt, and therefore have always been in a special environment. Academic degrees gave access to public office, and degrees were conferred by examination without any apparent regard for family or wealth. All civil and military powers were exercised in the name of the sovereign by a large body of officials, who were chosen ordinarily from the notables belonging to the race that had founded the empire. An inspection reveals Mosca's contribution to be a facsimile of the last chapter of The Ruling Class.

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