Guest Post: There is a chasm between the claims of the elites and reality

A previous post, motivated by the recent Moslem terrorist attack in Manchester, discussed the racism of lower expectations by the Left.  This contribution considers a different topic, with much more ominous consequences.

The atrocity was met with the eye-rollingly predictable cheap platitudes expressed by the West’s “leaders”: the “unity,” “standing together,” “no Islamophobia,” “nothing to do with Islam,” and the other pathetic, banal cliches.  No-one doubted for a minute that would happen.  Those feel-good bromides uncover something very disturbing though, which is that it is becoming plain as day that the gap between such claims made by the elites (governments, media, academia, professional activists) and the observable reality is wider than ever.  Indeed, the chasm between the two is so prodigious that there are few if any points of reference common anymore to the elites versus the general public.  The proverbial ivory towers in which dwell the elites are as easily removed from the quotidian realities experienced by us peasants as they were in Louis XVI’s France before the Revolution.  This constatation does not merely make for a neat rhetorical tableau; it entails practical repercussions also.

In a democracy, the people are governed by consent, which is in turn engendered by a respect for and belief in the system.  When there occurs an irreconcilable disconnect between the government and the governed, two scenarios can come to pass.  Either the system collapses in part or in whole (q.v. Watergate) or the elites transition into a ruling class that maintains its position through force, intimidation, and repression.  The emergence of “managerial politics” and phenomena such as asiktskorridor (on both of which more in a future instalment) have been in evidence as a part of that transition for a while now, but the aforementioned tactics are reaching an unprecedented crescendo.

The British prime minister has openly and totally unapologetically presented plans for a “new” Internet, monitored and censored by the benevolent, of course, government!  Indeed, she has termed the Internet the “new battlefield” in the fight against “online extremism.”  One would have to be supremely naive to believe that such schemes are designed with solely Moslem terrorists in mind.  After all, this is the same woman who less than four months ago designated the readers of Breitbart News as “extremists,” to be targeted in a $75 million campaign against online “hate speech.”


It (almost) makes one hope that the Corbyn dufus wins the British elections taking place next week…

Michael Steiner is an academic of more than a decade, including in several countries in the Near East.  He has four master’s degrees and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Manchester.  His interests include history, science, current affairs, and law.  He can be found under the handle @tzioneretz on and

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