As Nathalie Rothschild discusses:
- ...the problem is that the Social Democrats, along with their opposition in the centre-right alliance, have lost any real connection with the electorate and increasingly treat politics as a technocratic, managerial job.
- ...all of the major mainstream parties demonstrated their belief that debate about big ideas should be erased from the political process.
One result is voter anger and the rise of Tea Party protest style movements. As Codevilla's seminal article discusses, there is widespread push back to the "ruling class" in every democracy, fueled by a growing resentment to perceived entitlement, intellectual snobbery, imposed green moralism and the imposition of patently unsustainable "sustainable" programs, which reflect the poverty of political thought and moral imperative within those same detached, political elites.
Another reaction is the broader abandonment of politics itself -- as voters look at their choices, they see a plethora of political taupe -- bland, easy to look at, passive, innocuous, not offend anyone, meaningless,background. No foreground leadership. No bold statement of intent, of policy, of originality. Just oceans of taupe.
And the political establishment's response when the intellectual poverty of their politics is revealed? Add a bit of lipstick and trot the same stuff back out there again.
Sing it Otis.