Likewise, is politics *100%* top-down fascist, like what Trump was aiming for, or is there the mass involvement of people on the ground, consciously, that makes an impact in how society does things -- social norms. Here's a ground-breaking iconic archetypal instance, from history:
Pioneering African-American actor Sidney Poitier dead at 94
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/0 ... t-j08.html
Your critique of the liberal 'chattering classes' is well-taken, but you've misapplied it to *all of society*, conflating the 99% with the elite 1%, for whatever reason.
Bottom-up people *need* to be conscious of what they're saying and doing, and that takes a fair amount of 'homework', including 'talk'. It's not just wait-out-the-clock elitist 'chattering', it's hopefully in socially constructive ways, as in how to capture carbon from the atmosphere as speedily as possible.