Having elites is more or less inevitable. I have no issue with people having more money than I do. I have no issue with people having more influence than I do. I do have an issue with people abusing positions of power to bend society to their will; people who think that being part of any kind of elite entitles them to direct me how to live my life.
Elites can keep one another in check. The media elite should closely watch the political elite, the political elites of different sides should contest each other, the financial elite and the artistic elite should balance each other out. And ultimately, they should all benefit from relative calm among the rest of the population, because when we are calm, we consume and we don’t protest.
While I would still prefer more autonomy and less hierarchy, I respect that many people around me would rather delegate some of their responsibilities and cares to an anonymous entity like the government. So be it. But my biggest issue with today’s elite is that all these different elites have merged into one giant Establishment. Ideologically homogenous, promoting the same agenda, protecting the same interests, covering for one another rather than demanding transparancy and accountability.
The establishment is our Hydra – one monster with many heads. We can recognize it in news items like this one: Chelsea Clinton received $600,000 per year as a ‘special correspondent’ for NBC. In over 2.5 years she had been on TV for less than an hour, earning her $26,724 per minute.
Gradually, the overall goal of keeping the population calm and content has been overtaken by the pursuit of the ideological agenda. This has been a natural process. It has taken a while for people to see the new reality for what it is. We no longer have elites competing for their ideas of what is in ‘our best interest’, but rather one elite pushing their ideas of what is in their best interest and slowly but surely stomping out dissent in their ranks. Once the singular approved narrative is established, its followers are rewarded and its detractors destroyed.
In the meantime, the population has been lulled into apathy – the disease of the decadent. We have our material luxuries, our bread and games, and there is not much to get upset over. So what if our governments are wasting our money? So what if our governments are fighting pointless wars thousands of miles away? So what if our governments are allowing in thousands of culturally incompatible immigrants who have chance nor desire to become part of our societies? As long as it is not in our own back yards, of course.
At its apex, the narrative has become so dominant that merely questioning it has been declared taboo. The public debate was limited to marginal negotiations and produced utterly trivial regulations. Our governments would shift right a bit, then left a bit, over and over – but the difference between them became ever more difficult to ascertain (and the political center shifted left).
An interesting illustration of this phenomenon is that corporations are feeling comfortable enough taking up political positions even in the most heated debates. While we would expect corporations to remain neutral and to appeal to the largest possible group of potential customers, mega-companies like Ben & Jerry’s, German supermarket chain Edeka and Heineken are not only taking up a position on one side of a debate, they are even actively or passively attacking the other side.
The result is that we, who are at the receiving end of this partisan political bombardment, have been inundated with left-wing ideology. It started when we were in school, it continued when turned our TV’s, listened to music, picked up newspapers, joined the workforce, et cetera. One side was presented to us as objectively good, and one as objectively bad. There was only one thing that the establishment hasn’t been able to sufficiently control, and that is reality. The ideas they were feeding us started to clash with the real-life experiences of a growing group of people. It took some time for the taboos to be broken, and ‘they’ still try to make us feel too ashamed or scared to talk about our political preferences, but the times are undeniably changing.