That belief remains unshaken, but I fear that a similar approach is required for populism and elitism. Of course, those who remain Left Populists after Brexit and Trump are demonstrating a heroic ability to rise above mere fact, but consider that San Francisco, the technological elite’s City on a Hill (or many hills) has decayed to the point where people are crapping in the streets. (Somewhere V.S. Naipaul is chuckling.)
I suppose I must mention an alternative theory: Another thing San Francisco is famous for is acceptance of a great variety of sexual orientations, and some say their god is punishing them for it. But that, to cite Wilson again, requires believing that the entire Universe was designed and built by something so mean and petty you wouldn’t trust it to put together an outhouse.