23.12.16

IT'S THE RENT-SEEKING, OLD CHAP.

Charles Moore, of Britain's Spectator, wonders why he, a Tory of the old school, finds himself cheering for the populist right.  "It may sound Marxist to say this, but I do think the elites have constructed a world order which serves their interests, not those of their subject populations."  Yes, I'm sure there are some Deep Thoughts one could conjure up, about class struggle or alienation, but it's as old as hierarchy itself: ordering the constituents about is fun, intellectual coherence or not.

A true Marxist might have some aversion to blaming the victim, but that's not the current Ruling Class (perhaps we could call the North American version the Chautauqua Class, a felicitous term Angelo Codevilla came up with some years ago) view.  "The response of elites to their failures is too often to stigmatise the people who complain. Those who protest at immigration levels ten times higher than 30 years ago are treated as racists. Even the ballot box itself is seen as ‘populist’. Remainers argue that the referendum issues were ‘too complicated’ for voters."  And a truly radical social scientist might take to heart the lessons of social psychology about "internalization."  Not the appletini set.  "Grievance politics is extremely unattractive, but if western societies no longer deliver rising general prosperity and disrespect the people whom they are failing to serve, what do you expect?"

Via Rod Dreher, who finds himself in violent agreement.

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