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The Death of The Elite ‘Center’

Klaus Schwab, the head of the World Economic Forum.

The false center cannot hold.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron has now lost his majority in the National Assembly; his party holds 245 seats in the lower house, but the Right holds 150 and the Left 131. In Colombia, former M-19 guerrilla and Marxist Gustavo Petro has now become the president of the country, replacing more establishment, Keynesian liberal rule. In the United States, the supposed center within both parties has been increasingly supplanted by anti-establishment forces on both sides.

None of this should be shocking, given the destruction of institutional trust throughout the West. And the destruction of that institutional trust has been well earned: It represents the natural result of policy elites lying to those they supposedly serve. Our policy elites maintain that they favor free markets while simultaneously battling against free markets on behalf of a world-changing ideology; they proclaim that they value traditional religion while fighting to undermine its most fundamental foundations; they argue that the world order must be maintained while shying away from the reality of international politics.

Klaus Schwab, the head of the World Economic Forum, supposedly a repository of free market thinking, declares that he and his friends will “serve not only self-interest, but we serve the community”; he then proceeds to leverage economic power on behalf of their preferred ideological outcomes. The result is both economic failure and ideological failure. Take, for example, the Biden administration’s simultaneous demand that oil companies ramp up production and that we completely undermine oil and gas development over the next few years in order to fight global warming. Or, more immediately, take the German attempts to “green” their own economy while quietly outsourcing energy production to Russia — a policy so egregiously stupid that it has now resulted in Germany firing up coal plants again, now that Russia has cut off the oil supply.

On the social front, our institutional elite declare fealty to traditional institutions — church, family, localism — and then simultaneously insist that society remake itself in the most radical possible image. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declares her fealty to Catholicism in the same sentence in which she militantly maintains her support for abortion-on-demand; President Joe Biden proclaims his own religiosity while simultaneously deploying his Department of Justice to target states that seek to prevent the confusion and mutilation of children based on nonsensical gender theory.

On the foreign policy front, our institutional leaders tell us that we must uphold the world order, then refuse to accept the consequences of that leadership. They rail against the evils of the Saudi Arabian regime while simultaneously intoning that the West must sign a deal with the Iranian terror regime, then end up visiting the Saudis to beg for more oil production. They declare their undying support for the Ukrainian government, then become wishy-washy about providing either the support necessary for its victory or an exit plan in case victory is unachievable. They look askance at the Chinese threat to Taiwan, then teach proper transgender pronoun use to members of the Navy.

In short, our institutional elites rely on the power of civilizational foundations that long predate them — free markets, religious values, military strength — to prop up failing ideas that undermine those foundations. The result is failure. The Left looks at the prevailing elite consensus and declares it dishonest: If the elites’ principles mattered, they would fight free markets, religious values and military strength. The Right looks at the prevailing elite consensus and feels the same way: If the elites put aside their ideological commitments to leftism, they’d cement our civilizational foundations rather than keep eroding them.

Perhaps the center isn’t holding because it shouldn’t hold. That center has sought to enshrine its own power by taking from both the Left and the Right; it has no coherent ideology of its own. And that false center is now coming apart with centrifugal force, torn between those who believe in the fundamental institutions of the West and those who wish to see them supplanted.

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.”

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Jeannie Huppert
6 days ago

the “elite”, left, etc. are being led by satan to make a 1-world government, & RE-PROGRAM humans UNDER them to obey. timetofreeamerica.com/revelation

Art
7 days ago

I MAY BE OFF BASE BUT FROM THINGS THAT I HAVE READ AND NOW BELIEVE….. THERE IS NO LEFT OR RIGHT. THIS IS A TOP TO BOTTOM ISSUE. THE ELITES AT THE TOP FEEDING THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND EGOS. THE ELITES HAVE THEIR AGENDA(S) AND THEY NEED YOU/THE MIDDLE CLASS SLOBS TO HELP PAY FOR IT/THEM. NWO OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT IS THE GOAL.

Patricia A Arsenault
5 days ago
Reply to  Art

Here! Here!

Becky
7 days ago

The ‘elite’ needs wiped off the face of the earth. Worldwide they want the death of America, and the West.
Gates, Soros, Obama, Schwab, et al are evil on the loose. They must be erased, themselves…..

Myrna Wade
7 days ago

The elite has little “common” sense.

David L
7 days ago

What Germany could not do in WWII, it is trying to accomplish through the World Economic Forum. Klaus Martin Schwab, WEF founder, has kept secret much of what really goes on at these WEF meetings. We should continue to be suspicious of any organization that operates so quietly.

Stephen Russell
7 days ago

It has for years held up. Hope it can “crash”

Philip Hammersley
8 days ago

Israelis will soon have a chance to reinstall Bibi who, like DJT, was deposed because of his personality and fake “scandals.” How Bennett thinks he can appease terrorists in his government is beyond belief!

JEFFREY JONES
8 days ago

Once the U.S.A. destroys socialism and communism here and returns to a GOD-focused system we will recover…short of that the U.S.A IS DOOMED TO DESTRUCTION.

Arnold DeAnda
8 days ago
Reply to  JEFFREY JONES

I am very concerned about the elite = satanic entities = many other names, because they are the ones financing socialism/communism in the world with drug money and here is my take. They are also the ones that militarized China that in my opinion, they will move their financial empire to in case we wake too much and cannot control us anymore, but the astronomical and up-payable debt will remain,so they will have us under control one way of the other.

John D. Beach
8 days ago

The fact is that the very notion that “you will own nothing and you will be happy” is antithetical to the very history and heritage of humanity. It is the height of arrogant elitism to think that society could be so divided. America was built by subsistence farming families and great plantations in the South. The resurgence of homesteading and the two-hundred seventy-year-long history of the Amish culture in the U.S. attest to the fundamental necessity for survival that is the institution of farming. God has ordained it, and God help us if we ever forget this most basic form of human existence.

David Millikan
8 days ago

They are nothing but LOSERS who live in FANTASY WORLD.

PaulE
8 days ago

Perhaps Ben Shapiro should focus more on the WEF’s and left’s overall actions than their public rhetoric. From that perspective, the socialist leaders of western Europe and the head of the WEF have been remarkably consistent over time. They are far more concerned about the accumulation and consolidation of more and more power and wealth in their hands and far less concerned about the masses they expect to eventually totally control. So just focus less on the rhetorical lies these people tell the public to convince them that they are acting on their behalf and instead focus very closely on the actions being carried out to supposedly benefit the public. The “center” of the WEF is and always has been what personally benefits Klaus Schwab. Thinking anything else is just gullible ignorance.

Becky
7 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

And supreme stupidity.

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