The Shadow Elite

Paul Rosenberg is writing a series at Open Left on the extremely important yet little-examined phenomenon of the creation of “shadow elites”:

While the notion of Fox News as “populist” is a ludicrous rightwing perversion in one sense, it is quite accurate in another sense we dare not ignore–and that is, quite simply, that it reflects the truest test of elite power–the ability to define the essential contours of populist thought, and to cast someone else as the dreaded “elite”.

This is a very old game, and it’s way past time we got a better handle on it.

That’s from Part I. There is also a Part II.

The only flaw is that Rosenberg fails to mention the real elites who control all unseen: The Rotarians.