"Elites tend not to be open to being argued into low status beliefs, whatever their rational and factual merits."
These 'elites' are insecure strivers. Why are you letting them play at running anything?
Elite is a stupid word. It means selected. In other words they're gophers. The ruler is the selector. The word is useful for videogames, not real life. In Master of Magic it's an experience level for troops - recruit, regular, veteran, elite. That's a correct way to use it.
Congratulation to just about everyone for being memed into being obsessed with elites.