On Thursday, October 8, The Heartland Institute celebrated its 31st anniversary with a reception and dinner with speakers at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois.
This year’s featured speakers were conservative author and scholar Dr. Angelo Codevilla and Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison. In addition, we recognized Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service,” Dr. Donald J. Devine, with this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize.
This year’s theme was “The Heartland versus The Ruling Class.” It borrows from the title of one of keynoter Angelo Codevilla’s recent books, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. Dr. Codevilla identified the people and organizations at the heart of the attack on American freedom. “The Ruling Class,” he says, is a bipartisan group of political elites educated at universities known for their left-wing biases, convinced of the soundness of their opinions even when they know little or nothing of substance, and whose success largely depends on access to politicians or being part of a vast government bureaucracy.
“The majority of Americans feel that the Ruling Class is demeaning us, impoverishing us, demoralizing us, and want to be rid of it,” Dr. Codevilla writes.
When I read that line, I knew I had to invite Dr. Codevilla to be our keynote speaker this year. “The Heartland versus The Ruling Class” was the perfect theme! We were thrilled when he graciously agreed.
Professor emeritus at Boston University
American political scientist, author, and former government official
Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA