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Ultimately, all of history is made by elites. As noted in classic neoreactionary theory, populist uprisings are largely explainable as artificially-powered opposition movements fueled by intra-elites or elites from other states, in order to play with the balance of power.
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The world is hierarchical, and man’s nature is radically unegalitarian. Even when he fights for liberté, égalité, fraternité he can’t help but subsume himself under a vigorous leader ready to mouth all of his shibboleths, when in truth he’s happy to be put back in his place.
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The source caught my eye for its similarity to the journal Social Text that hosted the opening shot of the Science Wars, the Sokal Affair.