Wegierski: Populism vs. Elitism

It could be argued that liberalism, as a world-historical tendency, almost always begins among elites (who have in essence become corrupted by an easy life without duty and religion), and is imposed by force on a reluctant populace which clings to „the old verities”. The triumph of the Conservative Party in Britain after the extension of the franchise to the working-classes in 1870 (in an „aristocratic – worker alliance” consciously promoted by Disraeli), is a good example of „the conservatism of the common person”, as […]