“Agraria” and Elites in Times Past & Present

Fascinating MUST READ article about the historical domination of the masses by the elite and our current not-so-new manifestation. Jim

“…the West seems once again to be becoming a world in which a few people are masters and mistresses while much larger numbers serve them. In this column, we want to go further. Despite the presidential candidates’ egalitarian self-presentations, it seems that all over the world, the kind of ruling elite with which Augustine was familiar is on the comeback too…

“Agraria and the nation-state are as opposite as can be imagined. Gellner concluded,

“‘One of them generally wills itself to be stable, and the other wills itself to be mobile; and one of them pretends to be more stable than social reality permits, while the other often claims more mobility, in the interest of pretending to satisfy its egalitarian ideal, than its real constraints actually permit’…

“… In their modern iteration, globally connected elites straddle space atop the world, sharing more with elites from other nations than with commoners from their own, and coordinating with those elites to shape global institutions to their mutual benefit. Meanwhile, ordinary folk of different national origins have relatively little in common and little direct impact on one another’s lives. Agraria has not been left behind after all; it has just upscaled…

“In the past 30 or 40 years, a postmodern Empire has been taking shape that has extraordinary similarities to the supposedly extinct Agraria.”

https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/rise-not-so-new-elite?id=be1ddd5371&uuid=4305001e-b4f3-4d37-9945-7dd355f88c91