Remember it well.
Nothing is quite so dangerous as an intelligent man whose perceptiveness manifests as close-minded arrogance.
James Traub, a lecher stemming from the very lecherous CFR, has penned a muddled foray into passive damnation of the “commoners” and the political movements they (ignorantly) spawn and help perpetuate.
His essay, in Foreign Policy, is titled “It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against Ignorant Masses” and is every bit as arrogant as it sounds; the embodied brainchild that such a self-ordained member of the smug-faced (see photo) intelligentsia could only construct.
Traub flails passively in this piece but elementally, the sincerest expression of his disdain for the non-academic brush he paints nationalists, and those who favor them, with, is summed in this paragraph.
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.
Traub’s jaunty essay meanders through its indirect path of passive constraint, never directly damning in clear terms (unlike his antithetical Presidential candidate), but skirting and circumventing the true object of his derision. A man of too many brains and not enough testosterone-laced conviction.
This is the face of the enemy. These are the monsters who blossom in the twilight of our ignorance and apathy, and the CFR, the roost from which vile creatures proliferate and spawn.