I agree with the general thread of your arguments. However, I would say that the word elite has been appropriate by 'The Elites'. The term 'elite' now refers to those who critically analyse knowledge. Elite is synonymous with 'The Educated Urban Elite'. At least here in the United Kingdom, the popular press promotes this definition of 'The Elite'. 'The Old Elite' is now seen as representing the values of the masses. In the United Kingdom, we have GB news whose selling proposition is that it is not 'Woke'. In the United States, the equivalent would be Fox news.