My Future Calhounian Class Autobio
By Bryan Caplan
The most interesting comment I’ve gotten about class autobiography comes from James at Degrees of Freedom:
I’m not a big fan of this theory of class, largely because it doesn’t do what class theories are supposed to do according to the people that take class analysis seriously. From Marx to the present, class theories have been predicated on the view that a person’s class more or less determines or at least correlates with what that person believes about a variety of issues…
James suggests that I should have built on Calhoun’s class analysis – which emphasizes the conflict between “tax-payers” and “tax-consumers” – instead. I’m not sure that this will be more fruitful than the orthodox approach, but it’s worth a try. So, coming soon: Confessions of a Scion of Tax-Consumers.