This is Mr. Wolf in full panic mode! Too little too late? The ‘Elites’ that Wolf keeps referring to as some kind of political objects/persons worthy of veneration, were the hucksters who inaugurated the Neo-Liberal blight, that collapsed in the loudest economic thud since 1929. Occupy Wall Street and Thomas Piketty soon followed, with the news of the 99% and the 1% equaling ‘Rising Inequality’ as populist slogan! Its hard to face the fact of that collapse, and that it produced the ‘populists’ of all stripes in Mr. Wolf’s cri de cœur. To complete the picture readers are confronted with the ‘populist rabble’ portrayed in an ominous cartoon, or at least two of their number reading a newspaper, do ‘they’ actually do that? Careful Financial Times your obvious and odious class bias is showing. Mr. Wolf is sinking into the mire of anti-populism: Right,Left and Libertarian. Taking responsibility for one’s catastrophic mistakes is not a trait of the Neo-Liberal intellectual/apologist!
Mr. Wolf sounds like a French noble on his way to the guillotine, in extremus he lets go of his rage and his sense of felt injustice, as he passes the peasants he once ruled over with his velvet gloved iron fist. A scene almost out of A Tale of Two Cities, starring Ronald Coleman as Sydney Carton, although Mr. Wolf’s performance doesn’t quite match Coleman’s eloquent final soliloquy.