Posted by Roger Mallett Posted on 24 June 2021

Mad World Of Tyranny: Technopopulism Enables The Very Thing It Hates

The British pop rock band Tears for Fears started in 1981. It is doubtful that they knew how Britain would descend into tyranny in 2021 just 40 years later. Nevertheless, their hit song, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, now seems prescient:

Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

Indeed, Britain is in a free fall into tyranny and there appears to be no brakes to slow it or a reverse gear to back it up.

From this American’s point of view, the original Brexit movement was driven by England’s populist movement. The people wanted loose from the Technocrats running the EU. In ignorance, they elected another Technocrat, Theresa May, as Prime Minister in 2016 to deliver them. Citizens and critics alike often referred to her as “Big Sis” as a nod to Orwell’s Big Brother in the book Nineteen Eighty Four.

It’s no wonder that she didn’t deliver the goods. Rather, she took Britain down the slippery slope of Technocrat tyranny.

When British citizens realized that their “conservative” champion had sold them out, they turned to another “conservative” Technocrat, Boris Johnson. Now it is seen that Johnson has not only betrayed the populist dream, but has thrust the entire nation into a quagmire of Technocratic tyranny – the polar opposite of what the populists wanted in the first place.

Let me digress for a moment.

Populism plus Technocracy equals Technopopulism and will always lead to disastrous results. I have written rather extensively about Technopopulism over the last several years. In 2019, I noted that “the curious attraction between populists and Technocrats is akin to a moth being attracted to the flame: Populists cannot prevent being ultimately dominated and burned by Technocrats.”

To develop this conclusion, I wrote,

The sobering reality about all populist movements is that none of them actually know how to run a country. They know what they don’t like but they have no practical policies that would fix things. Often, a populist group will focus on a single issue or narrow group of issues that have become important to it for any number of reasons, but when they are asked about broader policies to run the entire nation, the discussion falls apart.

Typically, Technocrats are viewed as polar opposite to populists, and for good reason. Technocrats are often unelected and unaccountable for their actions, and they make important decisions without any connection to the will of the people.

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