Who Rules? That Is Not the Question

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Today’s two major contenders for political power seem to be elitists and populists. Funnily enough, both types are present in each of the big tribes known as progressive/liberal and conservatism, left and right, or Democratic and Republican. … However, the elitist/populist framework should leave everyone dissatisfied. It omits too many details. Namely, it presents a contest apparently over who should rule: an anointed elite or ‘the people,’ which is not always well-defined. I put the term in quotes because the whole people cannot possibly rule. The common framework ignores the far more fundamental question: which rules? In other words, what are the rulers, whoever they are, proposing to do?” (09/08/23)