This is related, I think
The Intellectual Yet Idiot https://medium.com/@nntaleb/the-inte...577#.hlpolfbbs
"The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited. He thinks people should act according to their best interests and he knows their interests, particularly if they are “red necks” or English non-crisp-vowel class who voted for Brexit. When Plebeians do something that makes sense to them, but not to him, the IYI uses the term “uneducated”. What we generally call participation in the political process, he calls by two distinct designations: “democracy” when it fits the IYI, and “populism” when the plebeians dare voting in a way that contradicts his preferences."
This century is subject to deep currents that are washing away everything that's kept the edifice of the centre left above water.