What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the
aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election, and the “yellow vests”
protests in France?
What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern
Europe from the European Union establishment?
What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections
and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?
Put simply, the middle classes are revolting against Western
managerial elites. The latter group includes professional politicians,
entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies, and
What are the popular gripes against them?
One, illegal immigration and open borders have led to chaos.
Lax immigration policies have taxed social services and fueled multicultural
identity politics, often to the benefit of boutique leftist political agendas.
Two, globalization enriched the cosmopolitan elites who
found worldwide markets for their various services. New global markets and
commerce meant Western nations outsourced, offshored, and ignored their own
industries and manufacturing (or anything dependent on muscular labor that
could be replaced by cheaper workers abroad).
Three, unelected bureaucrats multiplied and vastly increased
their power over private citizens. The targeted middle classes lacked the
resources to fight back against the royal armies of tenured regulators,
planners, auditors, inspectors, and adjustors who could not be fired and were
Four, the new global media reached billions and
indoctrinated rather than reported.
Five, academia became politicized as a shrill agent of
cultural transformation rather than focusing on education—while charging more
for less learning.
Six, utopian social planning increased housing, energy, and
One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The
wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees
or to avoid them altogether. Not so much the middle classes, who lacked the
clout of the virtue-signaling rich and the romance of the distant poor.
In other words, elites never suffered the firsthand consequences of their own
Green policies were aimed at raising fees on, and
restricting the use of, carbon-based fuels. But proposed green belt-tightening
among hoi polloi was not matched …read more
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