> getting more and more incompetent as of late
Its not incompetence, but arrogance. Trust me, I have been around such "elites" and the one thing that they all share is absolutely boundless arrogance. To a point where they do not even see themselves as the same species as you or me. They are above it all, they know best. If only they were in charge everything would be great.
But if anything goes wrong its never them. They never miscalculated, they never assumed wrong, they never overstepped... its always something external, something both beyond and beneath them. They cannot consider the possibility of being wrong or pursuing goals not worth pursuing.
And this has been the state of things in their "communities" at least since the start of the 20th century, when the contemporary elites started to take over after the old elites(old aristocrats). And like those old elites they are hitting the exact same wall of being far too isolated from the rest of the world to actually understand it. That is why they preach internally contradictory messages, its not even really "divide and conquer" its more just them airing their own warped perspective through their sock puppets.
<Let them eat cake.
Did not become popular because Marie Antoinate actually said it but because it reflected how detached the old nobility was from the people it was ,supposedly chosen by god,
meant to govern. What we have today is just another manifestation of that detachment.