published in Jacobin
In this personal memoir, an essay form that Jacobin doesn't often publish, Jessup reflects on his upbringing as the son of an important CIA agent. He tries to show the close-knit relationship of WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) as the government "elite." From being on friendly terms with Presidents to dating the same people, it's clear that America in the middle of the 20th century did have a ruling class that all went to the same schools and lived in the same neighborhoods. The question is, does that class still exist today?
60 days ago