The history of mankind has always been a process of elites relinquishing only -under very particular threatening (to their status) circumstances- the minimum part of their privileges to the minimum possible amount of people in order to perpetuate to the maximum possible level their privileged condition.
Having said that, it is inexplicable how come the parties representing the interests of these elites manage to obtain so many votes from a vast majority of people who do not belong in those elites. Do they naively think they are already members of those elites? Do they think voting the representatives of those elites makes them members of those elites? Are they delusional and really dream they will sometime be members of those elites?
If it was for these conservative forces systematically opposing any sort of change and progress the Earth would still be flat.