Aside from some seriously excellent 1st rate critical thinking in a banquet of topics, Zman coined the term pretty well in his piece: “Cloud People Blues” http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=8017
Here’s a link to the series of dirt people posts to date: http://thezman.com/wordpress/?s=dirt+people&submit=Search
A great cadre of commentor’s at thezman’s blog also. Seriously good comment threads which travel every kind of tangent, creative discourse where the thinking is evolving.
I found Zman’s writings on us dirt people heart warming and moving. Inspirational actually. All his writing is the kind of prose of a fertile mind. And Zman infects his audience. The almost total absence of good writing and thinking on us dirt people requires to be rectified. Dirt people are the heart of America. We built this place. This is our Nation.
This is our home. It is a dirt person nation before anything. It is not a play thing for uber wealthy dilettantes. It isn’t an experiment for marxists or statists of any flavor. Or social engineers. It isn’t the piggy bank for monied interests or a cash cow for the corrupt. It does not belong to kings, queens, banksters, ideologues, oligarchs, presidents, politicians, corporations, potentates, mandarins, bureaucrats, dictators, usurpers, state actors, commissars, etc and the whole lot of them.
The coining of dirt people is an advent of something festering, as it is portends an epic precursor of a paradigm. As we are seeing it is stirring up a hornets nest of the statist quo who are finding out dirt people are not as weak or down and out as their not so assumed untouchable elitism is discovering.