I moved the following commentary from this post a few days ago because it is interesting on its own and not as a mere aside.
There were a few comments that disagreed with Adrian Vermeule’s tweet. To which Mr Vermeule responded by bringing up the topic of “gentry liberals”:
That’s exactly the gentry liberal pattern: “live 50s, talk 60s,” as the sociologists say. If you have a lot of money and education the chaotic world of social liberalism is easier to navigate; not so for everyone else.
So, anyway, when I was reading this post from that Buck Throckmorton fella (from Ace’s place), I was reminded of the gentry liberal comment above. Mr Throckmorton discusses recent gas prices:
Your typical American tends “to feel“ gas price fluctuations more than most any other economic trend, and lower income and lower-middle-class workers who drive to work feel it the most. Where I live, gas prices have just dropped below $2.00 per gallon, and people are buzzing about it.
And then he mentioned
When President Lightbringer was running for re-election in 2012, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.64. ($3.80 when adjusted for inflation.) Per AAA, the current average price per gallon in the USA is $2.46, which is 32% less than it was 8 years ago. For a person who drives 15,000 miles per year and gets 20 mpg, that is an additional $75 in his wallet each month. That matters to the average American. It matters a lot.
Naturally, the Democrats running for President are promising to raise gasoline prices.
So, cycle back to the top and the comment about the world of social liberalism.