I’ve spent the last two years naming them.
“We live now in a world cast in the image of the professional managerial class, or PMC. Our politics—from the response to Trump and Brexit to the Covid crisis and now anti-Russian hysteria—reflects their whims, prejudices, and psychopathologies. Every few months, they launch a new crusade that serves their interests. Black Lives Matter became an occasion to present populist political movements as inveterately racist. Covid permitted them to arrange more favorable working conditions, while presenting truckers and others as dangerous extremists. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine became the occasion for presenting their enemies as the agents, or unwitting dupes, of the Kremlin. …
In essence, our current society is what it looks like when a capitalist class “rules” without the motor force of class struggle originating from an organized working class. To be clear, the defeat of the working class isn’t an abolition of class society; rather, it provides, in the broadest terms possible, an opportunity for the middle classes to attempt to stamp their own character on society.
Enter the PMC. Across the West, the PMC enjoys a high degree of integration, both sociologically and culturally. Their use of social-media platforms, particularly Twitter, and cultural conformity help promote a coherent identity; the nongovernmental organizations they almost exclusively staff help to train them in the modes of activism, protocols, and language necessary for their collective political action. They see themselves as the political conscience of the whole of society. They represent the general interests of reason and, as it would develop during the pandemic, “The Science.”