The slings and arrows of outraged elites

The slings and arrows of outraged elites, by Greg Sheridan.

This is the week the empire, the establishment, struck back against its two most dangerous insurrectionists, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

In both the US and Britain, their establishment opponents made huge efforts to bring both men down and destroy their populist agendas. It is key to understand that these efforts were not focused on elections and democratic politics and the ballot box. …

Here’s the common thread. What the political class can’t get through the ballot box, it is determined to get through the courts or any other institution it controls.

Trump and Johnson, the Manhattan property mogul and the Eton toff, are the two most unlikely leaders of the peasants’ revolt you could possibly imagine. …

Trump derangement syndrome is now matched by Johnson derangement syndrome in Britain. …

Nothing that Trump has done has been more offensive to the liberal establishment than his attempt to keep his election promises … Johnson’s greatest sin is to try to honour the 2016 referendum …

In both countries the liberal elite has decided the people who vote for such things — Trump and Brexit — are horrible people or horribly deluded. …

Anti-white racism coming to the fore:

Now, every emanation of support for Trump is judged “white racist” even if its progenitors are black, Asian or Hispanic.

In Britain, a Liberal Democrat MP from the west of the country was asked why her constituency voted overwhelming to leave the EU. She explained that the electorate was mainly composed of white people and the voters didn’t see many foreigners so they tended to be afraid of outsiders. Imagine if she was talking about people whose vote she wasn’t courting! …

It’s no longer deniable. Yes Greg, come right out and say the obvious:

It is not necessary to sign up to an anti-globalist conspiracy theory view of the world, much less a sinister deep state conspiracy view, to recognise what is plain and undeniable.

There is a very big left liberal establishment in the civil service, media, academe, much of the judiciary and transnational bureaucracy across the Western nations. Though naturally varied, its general ideological view is that the West is guilty of unique sins in history and ought therefore be forever apologetic, the nation-state is an obsolete roadblock to progress, humanity is best liberated from religion, progressive politics and increasingly identity politics represent the good, the West’s military power is best not emphasised or invested in, old traditions are bad while new traditions are sacred, and the only true morality and enlightened policies emanate exclusively from the left liberal establishment itself.

This establishment receives its scriptural interpretations and general campaign direction in the pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde and on CNN and in large parts of the BBC. This is one reason centre-right populists routinely campaign against much of the mainstream media, which they rightly see as committed politically against them.