The meaning he seems to believe in is that the enlightened believe as he does, that the Enlightenment means that he and his should rule:
The intensity of the attacks betrays the fragility of the Brexit position. A 52% – 48% result is not overwhelming. Few of the country’s key interest groups – business lobby organisations, trade unions, universities, the City, the security, defence and foreign policy communities, the creative industries and even the property world – supported Leave. But, more importantly, there is and was little support in Britain’s culture.
That’s corporatism there. A reversion to the pre-Enlightenment world of guilds in fact. Precisely and exactly what Adam Smith was raging against.
Then there’s this:
A significant element in western electorates, particularly among the less well-educated and unskilled members of the white working class, is so fearful about the impact of mass immigration on their sense of identity that Enlightenment values can go hang. There are fertile ground for the populist right everywhere – from eastern Europe to the American midwest, including the poorer regions of England.
But a goodly part of that rage and reaction is that what is being thrust upon them is the very opposite of that Enlightenment. It’s not difficult to see at least some (to be mild about it) insistence upon group rather than individual rights in the bleatings of the left these days, is it? Group rights, corporatism and the guilds being exactly what we’re supposed to have left behind.