Alfie, speech control, and the subversion of democratic outcomes in Europe; compelled speech, compelled action, and the statutory concentration of wealth and control in North America.
© Magnus Manske / CC-2.0
The plebes are far more aware of the tendencies of the elite than are the elites themselves, who are blinded by the very high moral regard in which they hold themselves.
Trump and Brexit were forces of reaction, yes. But the reaction is reaction against a new kind of oppression that lies somewhere in the center of the Venn Diagram on which is plotted totalitarianism, autocracy, and oligarchy.
If no one is willing to concede—and at this point, everyone gives every impression of being determined to hold fast, then faster—then catastrophic things and a new chapter in the history of suffering are on the horizon. The only question is just how distant the horizon remains at the moment.
I think both sides overestimate how long it will take us to travel there.