Originally Posted by tagutcow
I guess it depends on what stream of conservatism you're talking about. I don't think George thinks it's advisable for anybody to wear jeans, no matter their class (unless, of course, they're a farmer or mechanic or have some other occupation where jeans would be a practical consideration.)
I would counter that a conservative should like denim because it's a uniquely American invention, and a part of the uniquely American cultural identity, unbeholden to European notions of class. It's not the idea of equality conservatives should be opposed to, but rather the coercive means used to achieve it. America has always been a "classless" society, and this has nought to do with socialism.
And don't we all know that being born into "high class" is the most accurate predictor of self-loathing leftism in adulthood? If you go around wearing trousers, you might as well start bitching about the price of arugula.
Weren't jeans originally designed to be worn solely as "work pants"? i.e. nobody would wear jeans everywhere like they do today.
I cannot disagree with what you're saying, but still there is something truly odd how jeans have become a common uniform regardless of a person's income or position in society. I'm not a clothing historian, but in the distant past was there another clothing item that was so ubiquitous across the entire populace (and for nearly all occasions) as jeans are today? Are we to believe this is due solely to the virtues of denim, or is it also due to a long term change in society? Didn't denim's popularity spring from the 60's counterculture and what did that represent?
In the past you could tell a person's profession, wealth, and status in society by their clothing. While this still holds true somewhat today, it is becoming increasingly difficult. The rich and poor both increasingly wear their denim everywhere (compare an airport today vs. 20 years ago), both enjoy the same entertainment (e.g. TV), and soon both will enjoy a "shared common experience" via mandatory national service.
Denim is the perfect symbol of the "everyman". Telling George Will he has to wear denim is like telling a self-loathing liberal he has buy his arugula at Wal-Mart!