In his new book ‘The Death of Expertise,’ Tom Nichols takes a sobering and witty look at why the information age has paradoxically become a bonfire of of arrogance and ignorance that threatens to engulf us all.
It is nice to see for once that Washington politicians have rejected the head-patting, experts-know-best attitude. Opinion journalists should do the same.
If the experts got their remedies right, we would be a happy country with few problems, and they would deserve to feel superior.
If experts want to continue to have influence, they’ll need to take a dose of humility and learn how to understand the people deeply, then act on the people’s concerns.
No wonder Americans are feeling ready to riot over their distrust for ‘public servants.’ These people we do not elect and cannot rid ourselves of keep knifing us in the back.
The populist impulse to attack Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber must be tempered by recognizing he has told us all a truth we don’t want to hear.
Turning Advanced Placement history classes into yet another credential mill hurts the middle class and those who aspire to it.
Experts possess knowledge and information but this does not equate to wisdom or making the right moral judgments.
To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly.
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