What people generally want from their government is reliable services at not too high a tax burden, and to be left to live their lives in peace. This is what has traditionally been considered to be "good governance". History is filled with examples of failures to do this, either partial or complete. A partial failure is fascist Italy in the 1930s. Mussolini did make the trains run on time (and remember, this was the Italian railroad) so "reliable service" seems covered. Unfortunately the Fascist Party wasn't very interested in that whole "be left to live their lives in peace" thing.
Complete failure of governance is on display today in Venezuela and other places.
So why do I claim that the Global Elite don't want to provide good governance? We have data, and it's fresh. The elites just gathered in Davos, Switzerland to discuss all things governance related. The World Economic Forum published their annual Global Risks Report. It's available at the link, but here is the distilled Likeliness vs. Impact chart:
They are telling us here that they are entirely uninterested in good governance. Take a look at the unimportant stuff in the lower left hand quadrant (low likelihood/low impact). It's here that we find things like:
- Financial failure
- Critical Infrastructure Failure
- Fiscal Crisis
- Unmanageable Inflation
- Terrorist Attack
In short, that quadrant contains what everybody considers to be the proper scope of government. Preventing these is pretty close to the definition of good governance.
Now look at the most important quadrant, the upper right (high Likelihood/High Impact). Let me blow this up for you:
Governments have absolutely no control over most of these - extreme weather, natural disasters, etc. And those here that governments do have some control over (water crisis and biodiversity loss) are actually excellent examples of how governance is failing today. Example: California Governor Jerry Brown cancelled water projects in the 1970s and 80s that has led directly to the current California water crisis. The recent mass brushfires in Australia are directly attributable to government policies that prohibited the clearing of dead brush "in the interest of promoting biodiversity". No doubt the wallabies are thankful for these policies burning their habitat to cinders.
But consider what the items here do allow - you can vastly expand the reach and power of government with "Climate Action" policies. Where is power, wealth will naturally follow. A promise to control the weather (stopping extreme weather events) can justify more taxes, more regulations, and a clamp down on resistance to the above. I mean, you don't want your protest to cause tornados, amirite?
What is on display here is the Global Elites walking away from any semblance of good governance, in favor of graft and corruption. Now admittedly, good governance is hard, or more people would do it. But an elite that so likes to preen about their moral superiority might scruple to hide the naked power grab better.
So why should the rest of us give these jokers the time of day?