Skip to comments.They Had a Dream Rule by experts comes a cropper
Posted on 05/24/2014 10:44:07 AM PDT by Hojczyk
They had a dream. For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., natures noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth. Their keen intellects would cut through the clutter as mere mortals couldnt. They would lift up the wretched, oppressed by cruel forces. Above all, they would counter the greed of the merchants, the limited views of the business community, and the ignorance of the conformist and dim middle class.
But in the event they were undone by the three things Siegel had pegged as their signature weaknesses: They had too much belief in the brilliance of experts, they were completely dismissive of public opinion, and they had a contempt for the great middle class.
The stimulus, costing more than a trillion dollars, came and went leaving nothing behind it, unlike the spending of FDRs era, which at least for a while gave jobs to real people, and left behind things like bridges and dams and parks. Climate change had become an obsession, symbolized by the refusal to act on the Keystone pipeline proposal, which would have created jobs in Middle America, but which Obamas Hollywood backers denounced as unclean.
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This is a must read. Wow, she really takes progressives apart.
High intelligence, in and of itself, is no predictor of successfully influencing the vast army of the “unwashed”.
Call it what you will, most people are suspicious of those in the very percentile numbers in the IQ brackets. Mostly it comes down to either they cannot stand “Mr. Know-it-all”, or that this really smart “city slicker” will somehow swindle them out of their few accumulated worldly goods, and walk away laughing.
High intelligence is a GIFT, not an automatic ticket to privilege and automatic adulation by the masses. People of high intelligence do not think better than others, they only make connections faster, and follow more threads of logic and/or reason (logic and reason are not necessarily the same things).
Being able to pursue these chains of logic, does not always mean they will arrive at real-world solutions. They can build some quite lovely ivory towers, just that those edifices are totally uninhabitable.
What a read. Thanks!
Should be printed off, framed and hung in every faculty lounge, employee break room and hospital waiting room in the nation.
High intellect with no common sense is a recipe for disaster. That disaster goes by the name of Obamacare
They’re Utopian Terrorists.
In riding parlance, to `come a cropper’ means to take a header & fall forward from one’s mount, usually because the horse refused a fence or hedge, and with one’s riding crop still in hand. It involves going @ss over teakettle toward the ground with absolutely no dignity remaining.
The expression is normally applied to the conspicuous failure of an individual, since a fall from a horse is a highly individual experience.
People confuse intelligence with wisdom.
Often they are exclusive.
As a smart guy on CNBC once said:
China has central planning by mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.
And the US has central planning by attorneys.
Neither one is good, but by definition we lose.
>> This is a must read. <<
Oh, c’mon. You know full well that most of us only read the headlines!
Thanks for the reply!
How can anyone say this? The stimulus funneled those TAX DOLLARS to Obama's supporters and his puppetmasters, to the unions, and to just about anyone who contributed to the voter fraud that put him in office.
Ninety percent of all human wisdom is the ability to mind your own business.
--Robert A. Heinlein
It is the folly of the world, constantly, which confounds its wisdom.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes