Dear Global “Elites”: A Manifesto

Rob Jenkins, Recently, one of your number, an economics professor at Oxford, had this to say: “At Davos a few years ago, the Edelman survey showed us the good news is that the elites across the world trust each other more and more.

So we can come together and design and do beautiful things together. The bad news is that, in every single country they were polling, the majority of people trusted their elite less. So we can lead, but if people aren’t following, we’re not going to get to where we want to go.”

Where to begin unpacking this stunning example of tone-deaf arrogance, which I imagine is fairly representative of the way most “elites” feel these days?

Let’s start with this: No. We are not following. You’re right about that. And we have no intention of following you, for a number of reasons.

First, anyone who describes themselves as an “elite” betrays a breathtaking egotism. They are openly acknowledging that they think themselves better than the rest of us—smarter, more knowledgeable, morally superior, better equipped to lead. So we should all just shut up and do as we’re told.

No. We’re not going to do as we’re told. Not by you. We don’t accept that you know more than we do about anything important, and certainly not on the topic of how to run our lives. If we ever had any doubts about that—if we ever wondered if, after all, maybe your way was best—the last two years have proven unequivocally otherwise.

Calling your pandemic response “botched” would be the greatest understatement in history. Everything you told us to do—lockdown, mask up, offer ourselves as human guinea pigs—not only didn’t stop the virus but made things exponentially worse. A health crisis morphed quickly into an economic, social, and political one, as well.

And it wasn’t covid that did that. It was you, our self-styled “global elites.”

Indeed, we are beginning to suspect—and many of us suspected all along—that the severity of the disease was oversold from the beginning. Sure, it was bad, worse than the seasonal flu, but not that much worse. It was nowhere near the mass extinction event you made it out to be. It affected almost exclusively the elderly, the infirm, and the morbidly obese. Schools, churches, and businesses could have stayed open all along and it would have made little or no difference in the course of the pandemic, as places like Sweden and Florida have shown.

Yet you insisted on keeping us locked in our homes. On keeping our kids out of school. On covering our faces and shuttering our churches and bankrupting our businesses. All while holding out hope of a magical “vaccine.” And when your jabs turned out not to work so well—when it was obvious they didn’t stop infection or slow spread—instead of acknowledging you were wrong, you simply doubled down on your failed pre-jab strategies.

Perhaps, in the beginning, it was just ignorance. You didn’t know what was going on any more than the rest of us did. Maybe you were just doing your best to “save mankind.”

Somehow, I doubt it. Evidence that this entire crisis might well be attributable to your own malfeasance argues against that interpretation. So does the fact that you steadfastly refuse to admit your now obvious mistakes and instead persist in your folly. At the very least, it is clear that you have exploited this situation for all it’s worth, in an attempt to remake the world in your elitist, globalist image—to initiate, as you call it, “The Great Reset.”

Unfortunately for you, the professor was right: We will not follow. We reject your Great Reset. We reject your vision of the world. We reject globalism. We have nothing against other countries, but we prefer our own, warts and all, and we have no intention of surrendering our national sovereignty to any form of world government.

We reject your multiculturalism. Again, we have nothing against other cultures, many of which offer much to admire and emulate. But we have our own culture, thank you, and it suits us just fine.

We reject your vision of a controlled economy and central planning. We prefer free markets, messy as they are, as the engine for producing the greatest possible individual liberty, prosperity, and human flourishing.

We reject your nouveau fascism, in which world governments collude with global corporations, especially Big Tech, to surveille, harass, and ultimately control the rest of us. We don’t care if it’s “for our own good” (although we suspect it isn’t). We’d much rather have self-governance, the freedom to decide for ourselves what is best for us and our families.

In short, we reject you, the self-styled elites, the smug sanctimonious Davos crowd. We don’t think you’re in any way smarter or better than us. Indeed, you have proved to our satisfaction that you are not. We do not trust you. We do not want you leading us and have no intention of following. We suspect, based on hard experience, that the “beautiful things” you intend to “design and do” are not beautiful at all but rather loathsome and hideous—for us, at least. They may be beautiful for you as they increase your power, wealth, and influence. But we care about the magnificent edifice you are constructing for yourselves only to the extent that we wish to tear it down.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that you “elites” are awful people. Your ideas are awful. Your vision for the future is awful. The society you wish to create, with yourselves in charge, would be unspeakably awful. We reject it, and we reject you. So go away and leave us alone—or else suffer the consequences.

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