From the Gilded Age.
Jean-Claude Juncker, former P.M. of Luxembourg and E.C. President of the E.U., recently made reference to runaway populism in reference to U.K.'s democratic decision to leave the E.U.. Nothing I have heard to date better exposes the elitism of the new global capitalist aristocracy.
The corporately controlled media in Europe and U.S. use the term "populist" as a put-down when reporting on politics. They have painted Donald Trump's campaign as populist, as though this was a bad thing. They are obviously frightened by the support a crazy guy like Trump can gather by simply stating what is on the mind of a vast swath of the U.S. population. Hillary Clinton just found out what populism can do when she made her elitist remarks about half of Trump's supporters.
True democracy is populist. This is the problem for the financial elite who presume a right to rule us. All attempts at tyranny spark a cycle of populist uprising. This is human history. Extreme populism in reaction to extreme tyranny is bloody, and by simple numerical strength smashes tyrants. The harsher the tyranny, the harsher the populist reaction to it. The harsher the populist reaction, the more bodies in the streets.
The global elite are attempting soft tyranny by using mass media to anesthetize the public. The media encourage alcohol abuse and soft-peddle addiction. Media are desensitizing the public to criminality to rationalize the corruption necessary for the elite to bribe leaders to comply with their agenda. Religion is promoted as a good thing, despite its propensity to promote anti-science and violence worldwide. It seems the elite feel that a stunned and stupefied public can be controlled indefinitely.
Another propaganda tool the elite are using is indoctrination of minorities in societies to fear populism. The elitist media implies that populism in a country will inevitably lead to the persecution of minorities. They quickly raise the scepter of Nazism, for example. This is nonsense, of course. Nazism was a tool of the industrial elite who used its violent terrorism to suppress diverse democracy in Weimar Germany. Those elite industrialists were comparable to the global financial elite of today, who use terrorism of mass invasion by illegal immigrants and fear of an extremist religion to cow their populations. The various populist leaders of diverse ideologies in Weimar Germany were rounded up and sent to labor camps by the storm troopers of the crony-capitalist (non-populist) elite. Weimar populism stood in the way of profits from a new war machine.
People like Jean-Claude Juncker are more prone to salute dictatorial flags because they raise them in the name of enlightened progress. The reality is that they are simply interested in power and wealth for themselves and their heirs. They are just a new version of the few predators who always seek to oppress and exploit the many. They see the upcoming tsunami of environmental degradation and human overpopulation. They are not prepared to make any sacrifice of their own luxury and comfort. Their behavior is a reaction to their own fear of losing what they themselves have. However, the harder they try to suppress populism, the heavier the price their own descendants will have to pay.