The tendency of degradation that eliminates qualitative elements from life and replaces them with pseudo-qualities or more precisely with contra-qualities, is reaching a new stage.
This tendency has already brutally removed a sacred hierarchy and replaced it with one that is based purely on quantitative (and mostly financial) measures; in parallel to this, with nationalism (a fundamentally left-wing concept) and then with its progression to internationalism it further deteriorated vertical differentiation and after the sub-human rise against the monarchs (with the symbolic stages of 1789, 1917 when they were bestially murdered), a little more subtly it eliminated nobility as well, continuing the top-down liquidation of values and replacing them with contra-human ideologies.
It didn’t stop there. In lack of values to comply with, the role of commerce has become pure profit and thus this tendency eliminated the organic function of the 3rd order (traders) and the 4th order as well, and what was before a phenomenon on the periphery of organic structures (beings of almost no quality) has become a mass phenomenon.
For emphasis: business, to use the modern term, has a place in an organic structure. But it’s not at the top, but on the third level at best. Why at best? Because it has the right to occupy the 3rd level only, if it’s not conducted according to modern ideals, but seamlessly aligns itself to the first 2 principles and corresponding levels.
The tendency of deterioration has also replaced the elites it murdered with a pseudo-elite. True elitism orientates itself to the superior: always up, on any level of the hierarchy, including the top one. Because of this orientation qualities are maintained that are unimaginable and unattainable both for the masses and their “keepers”: wisdom, intellect, power, loyalty, respect, sacrifice, responsibility, etc.
The pseudo elite also organizes itself vertically, but this is an anti-hierarchy: the context is unknown for the players – only the style and the method is clear: quantity and pragmatism. In this hierarchy, there is no “up”; in other words there is no top, only a bottom. It’s not an upside-down hierarchy, where the lowest is at the top (although when it comes to personal qualities, this is often true). It’s more like a bottomless hole where the players take turns jumping in and whoever falls faster “leads” the mass downward. To use their expression: everybody is a leader. Well, sort of.
There is no wisdom, because the Truth is out of reach. True power is unknown and is confused with violence. Loyalty, respect and sacrifice are running jokes in the comedy circuits.
Now the tendency of degeneration is approaching a new phase: democracy, which has been a good instrument in the elimination of qualitative differences is no longer needed and the pseudo-elite will directly control their peers, completing the circle and completely replacing all traditional values with anti-values, all principles with finance, thus creating the ultimate mockery of traditional structures: the reign of the stupid.
Nationalism and internationalism suffered a similar fate: they were invented, used and discarded. Now they use new terms in their rhetoric just as non-nonchalantly as when they used these in 1789 and 1917 all the way until now. The only constant is their enemy: Tradition and its manifestations: sovereignty, dignity, authenticity, organicity, loyalty and sacrifice for values that stem from the Truth and finally the Truth itself.
In their confused announcements they depict terms like values and tradition as nationalistic traits (which in their views are right – wing). They announce the end of the righ-left political spectrum (which was also just an instrument: there has never been true right – wing presence in democracies), announcing the beginning of the new spectrum: pro-business vs. contra – business, contra business being de facto insane (the pragmatists vs. the fist shakers) or ignorant.
“Perhaps politics will realign itself around the axis of globalization, with the fist-shakers on one side and the pragmatists on the other. The nationalists would win the loyalty of working-class and middle-class whites who see themselves as the defenders of sovereignty. The reformed center would include the beneficiaries of globalization and the poor and non-white and marginal citizens who recognize that the celebration of national identity excludes them.”
“Older people whose familiar world is vanishing beneath a welter of foreign tongues and multicultural celebrations are waving their fists at cosmopolitan elites. I was recently in Poland, where a far-right party appealing to nationalism and tradition has gained power despite years of undeniable prosperity under a centrist regime. Supporters use the same words again and again to explain their vote: “values and tradition.” They voted for Polishness against the modernity of Western Europe.”
Quotes from an article by James Taub “It’s Time for the Elites to Rise up Against the Ignorant Masses”.
It’s hard to miss the propagated agenda. The only thing honest about such a piece is the profound confusion of its author about the terms he’s using.
Alas, theatrically calling (same article) for a contra-elite to rise (on foreignpolicy.com!) was just a question of time; considering that this elite has long been on the top already, it’s quite cynical that they are not calling for them to simply step forward…maybe the time is not right for that.
Closing note: the pseudo-elite is evidently not differentiated from the masses by the same qualities that differentiates the true elite. In some (quantitative) respect they are differentiated from them, in most (qualitative ones) they are not. The analogy I used earlier about falling faster is quite precise. There are other analogies: “feeling out” where things are heading and trying to lead the way (typical in the tech business for example, but in politics, too). It would also be irrational to deny that the pseudo-elite on the highest levels is very powerful – but we must see that they are also blind and thus always under the influence and control of others!
And last but not least: there is no pseudo elite without the masses: the former needs the latter and both feel an existential threat in the presence of the true elite. From this point of view the term pseudo-elite is not strong enough; contra-elite is more fitting.
True elitism and the masses are mutually exclusive terms: when one is present, the other is not.