An Unaware and Compliant Citizenry

From the Wikileaks release of John Podesta email comes an email from Bill Ivey, the former director of the National Endowment of the Arts under Bill Clinton and a member of Obama’s transition team. In this email, Ivey is discussing the danger of Donald Trump.

And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking – and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging.

Emphasis mine. “Compliance is…fading.” This is a problem demanding serious thinking, he says. This is what the elites think of American citizens; citizens are a problem who need to become unaware and compliant.