The Cognoscenti Syndrome
There is a group of people I think of as the Cognoscenti, people who are well educated, very informed and of rapidly diminishing relevance. Their ranks include writers such as Chris Hedges and Glen Greenwald. These are people who have honed an almost Puritanical value system, readily finding fault in any direction. They are scathing in their attacks on Republicans and Democrats alike to the point where they become nihilists.
They don't endorse. They prescribe. This is where they fail. They're unable to advocate for anything that might resonate with the public whose interests they argue are being trammeled. Donald Trump was bad but Joe Biden is scarcely better. This is where their elitism comes in.
74 million may have voted for Trump but, hey, they didn't know any better. The mob that stormed the Capitol. They were just victims of the system venting their frustrations. All the racism, bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, white nationalism - inevitable side effects of their oppression by The Man.
The Cognoscenti believe what ails America won't be put right at the ballot box and they're probably right but the problem is that they stop there. They may wish for some sort of political upheaval but they stop well short of advocating it, much less taking concrete steps to promote it. Crossing that line, after all, has consequences and the courage of Nelson Mandella does not course through their veins. I grow tired of these armchair revolutionaries.