Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dictators in the wings …

… The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here - Reporting by Matt Taibbi. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A consistent lament in these pieces was the widespread decline in respect for “experts” among the ignorant masses, better known as the people Trump was talking about when he gushed in February 2016, “I love the poorly educated!”
The Atlantic was at the forefront of the argument that The People is a Great Beast, one that cannot be trusted to play responsibly with the toys of freedom. A 2016 piece called “American politics has gone insane” pushed a return of the “smoke-filled room” to help save voters from themselves. Author Jonathan Rauch employed a metaphor that is striking in retrospect, describing America’s oft-vilified intellectual and political elite as society’s immune system …

The problem is that being merely credentialed has proved to be quite different from being educated.

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