Elitists are terrified of direct democracy and want to pretend the public has no idea what is good for themselves. Men like Friedrich Nietzsche characterized what he perceived to be slave and master mentality and clearly had a very sinister “master” mentality himself.
Again, people know what’s good for themselves overall. If they make a mistake, then they suffer and learn their lesson. Looking at the world right now, it’s obvious people who call for elitism have absolutely no idea what they are doing and never have.
If some people do not care one way or another about a particular issue, all they have to do is indicate that somehow and those who do care can decide. However, minorities cannot just assume others do not care. Such things must be formally indicated.
If people don’t feel they understand an issue, they can always do research, ask somebody they trust, etc. A healthy, educated, and well informed public should be able to make correct decisions for themselves. People who think they are SO much brighter than everybody else just need to find a way to explain their thoughts/plans/ideas to the public.