'Elites' Called To Arms: "It's Time To Rise Up Against The Ignorant Masses"

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It appears the powers that be just are not going to take it anymore. Having mistakenly allowed the people of Britain to exercise their free will, Foreign Policy's James Traub exclaims, "It's time for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses."

The Brexit has laid bare the political schism of our time. It’s not about the left vs. the right; it’s about the sane vs. the mindlessly angry...

Authored by James Traub, originally posted at ForeignPolicy.com,

I was born in 1954, and until now I would have said that the late 1960s was the greatest period of political convulsion I have lived through. Yet for all that the Vietnam War and the civil rights struggle changed American culture and reshaped political parties, in retrospect those wild storms look like the normal oscillations of a relatively stable political system. The present moment is different. Today’s citizen revolt — in the United States, Britain, and Europe — may upend politics as nothing else has in my lifetime.

In the late 1960s, elites were in disarray, as they are now — but back then they were fleeing from kids rebelling against their parents’ world; now the elites are fleeing from the parents. Extremism has gone mainstream. One of the most brazen features of the Brexit vote was the utter repudiation of the bankers and economists and Western heads of state who warned voters against the dangers of a split with the European Union. British Prime Minister David Cameron thought that voters would defer to the near-universal opinion of experts; that only shows how utterly he misjudged his own people.

Both the Conservative and the Labour parties in Britain are now in crisis. The British have had their day of reckoning; the American one looms. If Donald Trump loses, and loses badly (forgive me my reckless optimism, but I believe he will) the Republican Party may endure a historic split between its know-nothing base and its K Street/Chamber of Commerce leadership class. The Socialist government of France may face a similar fiasco in national elections next spring: Polls indicate that President François Hollande would not even make it to the final round of voting. Right-wing parties all over Europe are clamoring for an exit vote of their own.

Yes, it’s possible that all the political pieces will fly up into the air and settle down more or less where they were before, but the Brexit vote shows that shocking change isn’t very shocking anymore. Where, then, could those pieces end up? Europe is already pointing in one direction. In much of Europe, far-right nativist parties lead in the polls. So far, none has mustered a majority, though last month Norbert Hofer, the leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, which traffics in Nazi symbolism, came within a hair of winning election as president. Mainstream parties of the left and right may increasingly combine forces to keep out the nationalists. This has already happened in Sweden, where a right-of-center party serves as the minority partner to the left-of-center government. If the Socialists in France do in fact lose the first round, they will almost certainly support the conservative Republicans against the far-right National Front.

Perhaps these informal coalitions can survive until the fever breaks. But the imperative of cohabitation could also lead to genuine realignment. That is, chunks of parties from the left and right of center could break away to form a different kind of center, defending pragmatism, meliorism, technical knowledge, and effective governance against the ideological forces gathering on both sides. It’s not hard to imagine the Republican Party in the United States — and perhaps the British Conservatives should Brexit go terribly wrong — losing control of the angry, nationalist rank and file and reconstituting themselves as the kind of Main Street, pro-business parties they were a generation ago, before their ideological zeal led them into a blind alley. That may be their only alternative to irrelevance.

The issue, at bottom, is globalization. Brexit, Trump, the National Front, and so on show that political elites have misjudged the depth of the anger at global forces and thus the demand that someone, somehow, restore the status quo ante. It may seem strange that the reaction has come today rather than immediately after the economic crisis of 2008, but the ebbing of the crisis has led to a new sense of stagnation. With prospects of flat growth in Europe and minimal income growth in the United States, voters are rebelling against their dismal long-term prospects. And globalization means culture as well as economics: Older people whose familiar world is vanishing beneath a welter of foreign tongues and multicultural celebrations are waving their fists at cosmopolitan elites. I was recently in Poland, where a far-right party appealing to nationalism and tradition has gained power despite years of undeniable prosperity under a centrist regime. Supporters use the same words again and again to explain their vote: “values and tradition.” They voted for Polishness against the modernity of Western Europe.

Perhaps politics will realign itself around the axis of globalization, with the fist-shakers on one side and the pragmatists on the other. The nationalists would win the loyalty of working-class and middle-class whites who see themselves as the defenders of sovereignty. The reformed center would include the beneficiaries of globalization and the poor and non-white and marginal citizens who recognize that the celebration of national identity excludes them.

Of course, mainstream parties of both the left and the right are trying to reach the angry nationalists. Sometimes this takes the form of gross truckling, as when Nicolas Sarkozy, who is seeking to regain France’s presidency, denounces the “tyranny of minorities” and invokes the “forever France” of an all-white past. From the left, Hillary Clinton has jettisoned her free-trade past to appeal to union members and others who want to protect national borders against the global market. But left and right disagree so deeply about how best to cushion the effects of globalization, and how to deal with the vast influx of refugees and migrants, that even the threat of extremism may not be enough to bring them to make common cause.

The schism we see opening before us is not just about policies, but about reality. The Brexit forces won because cynical leaders were prepared to cater to voters’ paranoia, lying to them about the dangers of immigration and the costs of membership in the EU. Some of those leaders have already begun to admit that they were lying. Donald Trump has, of course, set a new standard for disingenuousness and catering to voters’ fears, whether over immigration or foreign trade or anything else he can think of. The Republican Party, already rife with science-deniers and economic reality-deniers, has thrown itself into the embrace of a man who fabricates realities that ignorant people like to inhabit.

Did I say “ignorant”? Yes, I did. It is necessary to say that people are deluded and that the task of leadership is to un-delude them.

Is that “elitist”? Maybe it is; maybe we have become so inclined to celebrate the authenticity of all personal conviction that it is now elitist to believe in reason, expertise, and the lessons of history. If so, the party of accepting reality must be prepared to take on the party of denying reality, and its enablers among those who know better. If that is the coming realignment, we should embrace it.

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SWRichmond's picture

Personally, I love it when these guys raise their hands.

mtl4's picture

Politicians sell hope and when that goes out the window the real SHTF.

nibiru's picture

poor have numbers advantage and experience in hanging/burning/throwing out of the window any sort of bourgeoisie

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Traub's neck is screaming for a stretching!

The arrogance of the line 'mindlessly angry' is breathtaking.


nibiru's picture

Hahahahahhaah man, I'm waiting for his reaction to make my day  +1

Manthong's picture

Does anybody actually pay attention to this arrogant, condescending schmuck?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Manthong Jun 29, 2016 10:01 AM


The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Chris Dakota Jun 29, 2016 10:17 AM

When it starts those damn libleral Internet billionaires had better find a deep hole to hide in because people with guns will be looking for them.

mofio's picture
mofio (not verified) The Saint Jun 29, 2016 10:23 AM

But the elite has been controlling things forever. Nothing new.

yrad's picture

"The Brexit forces won because cynical leaders were prepared to cater to voters’ paranoia, lying to them about the dangers of immigration and the costs of membership in the EU."


...and you lost me.

HopefulCynical's picture

To the woodchipper with this fuckwit.

Tarzan's picture

It's high time we called them out, named them and expose them for the worms they are.  Their only real power is deception, they're a tiny lot, and they would get steam rolled if The People would rise up.


But alas, they won't, until their children are starving and they've traded everything they own to feed them, until they panic in the streets and it's too late,


so we wait on God to take his vengeance on the wicked, to expose their deeds, and ours, for all to see!

Ms. Erable's picture

Fuck you, Traub.

Fuck your destructive, multi-cultural bullshit.

Fuck your so-called leadership, which has led to nothing but misery and destruction for the 99.9%.

Fuck your so-called free trade that does nothing but enrich the entrenched.

Fuck your rent-seeking shylock cronies.

Fuck your financial ponzi schemes.

Fuck your arrogant ignorance.

Fuck you, you fucking fuck.

Why? Because fuck you, that's why.



Ms. Erable's picture

Almost forgot - fuck you, I won't do what you tell me.


The Merovingian's picture

Wild thing, I think I love you ..... +1000

Tarzan's picture

I sense panic in the ranks...

Traub is obviously scared to the core the curtain will be pulled back

if the natives are not tamed.


What's this piece of shit hiding, what is he so afraid of?


Power hungry fouls, have a twisted view that power comes from who your over, upon whose neck your boot rests, not understanding that real power comes from above, who your under, who you've submitted to. They lust for blood and pain in pursuit of power and pleasure.


The horrors of debauchery among the dark secrets of the elite, who parade before cameras like saints, while taking pleasure in blood and pain, are guarded carefully with pompous smiles and hugging babies.  Child molesters are dark souls!


He's scared to death the Natives are going to peak over the wall, they sense their days are numbered.


These fools will see real power when they fall into the hands of an angry God, the meek inherit their plunder, they lose all they've stored up, and find themselves naked and poor, exposed to all.

TuPhat's picture

He's hiding the fact that he is a piece of 'shit' but I shouldn't say that he thinks he's an intellectual so I maybe I should call him 'manure' but he really isn't as smart as he thinks so I think 'poo poo' is what really fits him.

Ignatius's picture

I'm curious how one labels what exactly the 'elite' have been up to the LAST 100 years?

SofaPapa's picture

"Did I say “ignorant”? Yes, I did. It is necessary to say that people are deluded and that the task of leadership is to un-delude them."

This is the nut of the issue.  The "elite" are incapable of seeing that they are equally if not more deluded than those they are "leading".  I recognize that my vision of the world is distorted and have the humility not to believe my way is the best for any other than myself.  This author needs to have it explained to him that we are all deluded.  That was the genius of the attempt by the founding fathers to limit government's ability to "get things done".  They saw the history of state delusion and tried to make it difficult for government to enforce insanity on the people. Personal delusions cause limited damage.  Delusion enforced by the weight of the state?  My God, let's see what's going on right now in Venezuela...  The elites are the most deluded among us.  This is the monstrous blind spot at the center of this author's vision.  "Elites" are only humanitarian angels in their own eyes.

Razor_Edge's picture

His logic is impeccable. When you are of the chosen tribe, then you know that "Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel.”

“In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

“This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew.”

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat… That is why gentiles were created.”

— Weekly Saturday night sermon in October 2010 Rabbi Ovadia Yosef


OpTwoMistic's picture

This is the same group of people that have destroyed money. The reason a car went from 3000 to 35,000 in my life.

No use for any of them to breed or take another breath.

greenskeeper carl's picture

That's my thinking as well. They and their policies are the reason my young children were born with almost 20 trillion in debt hanging over them. It was a sad day when the SS cards showed up in the mail.

Ex-MislTech's picture

Yeah only a very small group in the past stood up and were labelled outlaws,

such as Jesse James, and a long list of other ppl who wanted to be Robin Hood,

but fell short and were demonized in the billionaires newspapers.


The same will befall those who "rise up" this time, and we have been

thru this robber baron looting scheme over and over every

few generations when their hubris exceeds rationality.


Plutocracy or Oligarchy is government by the rich.


Kleptocracy is government by theives for theives who can't stop stealing.

ClydeCrashcup's picture

Into a pen of starving pigs would be more appropriate.

True Blue's picture

Glass cage. Badgers. Hornet's nest the size of a regulation rugby ball.


HopefulCynical's picture

How about thrown into the phone booth with the bobcat, post-noodling?

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) HopefulCynical Jun 29, 2016 3:44 PM

No!  A tropical vacation at a secluded island just off the coast of Brazil:



(a sort of slithery animal sanctuary; he should feel at home with the snakes)

HopefulCynical's picture

The 'chipper's exit chute dumps into the slop trough.

wizteknet's picture

Like in the Game of Thrones, Ramsey hadn't fed his dogs in 7 days, and Sansa feeds him to them...

HopefulCynical's picture

I see the downvoting ZioTrolls are here today...

JRobby's picture

Forced labor camps for the zio trolls

"Shot trying to escape"

Freddie's picture

The Republican Party, already rife with science-deniers and economic reality-deniers...

Well the GOP Unii-Party of scum like Paul Ryan are scum but this guy would love Ryan aka Obola's stooge.

I think he means non-liberal citizens.  I love how the left says people deny science on AGW scam when they never mention the SUN.  Yeah the biggest f****ing game in the solar system.  Man cannot affect the temp of the earth.  Man cannot affect what the sun does.  Criiminal liars.  They hate anyone on the planet having just a little freedom from their tyranny.

NihilistZero's picture

I think he means non-liberal citizens.

As I've said many times here, it's a horrible fucking disgrace that authoritarian leftists were allowed to co-op such a beautiful term as liberal.   Classical liberalisim and western civilization go hand in hand and these statist freedom hating cunts have forever poisoned that word.

Delphi_Addiction's picture

Perhaps it has something to do with their (lack of) fundamental knowledge of the solar system itself?


fleur de lis's picture

Set Traub up on a date with ugly Barbara Spectre.

A match made in hell.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) The Saint Jun 29, 2016 11:24 AM

 Council on Foreign Relations member James Traub  has had a hardon for Trump since at least 2000.

He writes here about his German grandfather, father and The Donald.

Saying...hehehe "At the height of his popularity in the 80s"

the height, really?


Here in 1998 he writes the Anti Trump which is Jewish Speyer from Speyer Tishman who build the horrid Twin Towers that Silverstein pulled. Oddly Tishman is never brought up in the 911 truth circles.


Speyer is not, of course, the most famous developer in the world. Not only is he not Donald Trump, he is the anti-Trump -- a soft-spoken, muted, secretive figure, an eminently clubbable man who keeps his ego under wraps. Speyer does not name buildings after himself. He has a second wife who is thin and attractive, but she is also a Harvard-trained architect who works on international acquisitions for Tishman Speyer. And yet, like Donald Trump, Speyer, who is 58, is a driven man with ambitions that carry him far beyond the world of real estate. It's just that it's not easy to say exactly what it is Speyer wants to be at the pinnacle of. He has played a central role on the boards of Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art, and he is close to the Mayor. He is a major collector of contemporary art, and he has built for himself one of the very few architecturally daring private homes in Manhattan. He operates in that elite sphere in which wealth, public-spiritedness and proper table manners converge to form a colossal nexus of power, but one almost invisible to the outside world. As Speyer enigmatically explained: ''One thing that sets me apart from the people who are entrepreneurs in this business is that I like to make money. But that's only part of what makes me happy.''


JRobby's picture

All CFR / Policy/ Political think tank members euthanized immediately.

That would include this arrogant dick head obviously.

sun tzu's picture

Not just guns, but pitchforks, tar, feathers, and rope

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) sun tzu Jun 29, 2016 3:46 PM

A one-way ticket to Snake Island with a GoPro welded to his head:


WVHillbilly's picture

We don't have many "elite" here in West Virginia, it shouldn't take long :)

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) WVHillbilly Jun 29, 2016 3:47 PM

You just look for people wearing shoes, right?

VinceFostersGhost's picture


Yes it is Global Warming bitchez!!!


Anyone calling it Climate Change will be arrested on sight!

Things that go bump's picture

The earth has warmed and cooled many times in the past. There's no reason to think that it won't continue to do so. If we don't get the climate we prefer, perhaps we'll get something more to our liking in 100,000 years.

Ex-MislTech's picture

Just need another Toba like event and the slopes will be open year round.