Against legitimacy is arrayed usurpation; against modest, single-minded, righteous, and brave resistance to encroachment is arrayed boastful, double-tongued, selfish, and treacherous ambition to possess. God defend the right!The global elites have been searching for an alternative to representative democracy as a source of legitimacy for two decades. They haven't come up with a viable alternative. Sure, the EU was successful in their keep voting on EU referendums until you vote the right way but that was only on the continent, and while it gave the EU political power it didn't give it political legitimacy. Not legitimacy in the sense that we've come to think of it over the course of the 19th and 20th Centuries.― Charlotte Brontë
While the elites have generally been able to tamp down the opposition, the lid is starting to come off all over the world.
The voters in the UK expressed their frustrations at how their clearly stated (and voted on) preference for BREXIT has been thwarted by three years of increasingly desperate backroom deals, shady political tricks, and double dealing. As far as the EU is concerned, yesterday's vote was a resounding "No means NO" to the elites. A large number of MPs who had said that they would support BREXIT but who then changed their minds - in the voters eyes broke promise and stabbed the electorate in the back - were turned out of office. The Tories won their biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher, almost 40 years ago.
There really isn't any substitute to legitimacy via representative democracy. At least, nobody's been able to come up with one. Lord knows they've tried.
The problem for the Elite Technocratic worldview is generational:
- The first generation knows the system thoroughly, because they built it. This was the Greatest Generation who beat the Nazi and Japanese Supermen, landed a man on the moon, stared down the Soviet Bear, and brought unprecedented prosperity to the peoples of the West.
- The second generation understood how the system works because they saw it being built by the first generation. This was the generation who built the original Internet. But the financial benefits of the system were not as evenly distributed as before, with the emergence of "Rust Belts" as a result of government industrial policy. Hey, learn to code, amirite?
- The third generation inherited a system whose functioning is a mystery to them. Increasing resistance to their rule is met by censorship ("Hate crime" laws) and blackballing (elimination of all conservative voices from the faculty lounge). Status hierarchy is no longer based on accomplishment as in the first generation, but via credential - especially Ivy League diploma.
To put on the garment of legitimacy is the first aim of every coup.- Barbara Tuchman