These people don’t care about technicalities, and neither do they care about legality.
(The rule of law ain’t no maw.)
And they've believed that in their sneaky little hearts for decades. Remember that blather about "Man, through Society, will finally master his Destiny"? It doesn't take much parsing to see that the blather-dispensers are calling for the "Rule of Man" - i.e., the rule of men.