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It isn't perfect, but it's better than anarchy dominated by commercial interest
these “alpha-rubes” live in a world that is all appeal to authority stacked like turtles all the way down.
so what happens if this source of validation is corrupt?
you get the worst of all worlds:
a scheming, unaccountable grand vizier and a useful idiot king on the mistaken moral crusade upon which his advisors have set him.
do yo think ANY of these people understand climate science or pandemic management or even basic statistics, economics, or logic beyond what the people around them are telling them?
can they tell a good expert from a liar with a model?
and worse, the selection is adverse.
they choose flash, profession of certainty, and whatever allows them to do what they wanted. so they gravitate to the liars and simplifiers who are telling it like it ain’t with sensational claims that lack foundation.
if you cannot tell an expert from a credentialed con-man, you go with what works for you. you go with the answer that lets you do what you want. and politicians want power.
and this is, of course, precisely why we should not grant it to them. this is “sorcerer’s apprentice” level debacle in process with 20 more on deck. then they will call you crazy and gaslight you for claiming otherwise.
this is how the basic nature of “democratically elected” government becomes a puppetshow with the strings held by a few unelected and near perpetual puppetmasters.
who is declaring “the crises”?
who is deciding upon “the solutions”?
because it sure ain’t anyone you voted for.
Surrendering a bad or corrupted system for an anarchic system isn't really the answer.
What's the worst thing that happens if someone can call themself a doctor without any licensing or education? Stupid people who don't do their research die. Isn't this Darwin's theory in action? It always surprises me how people who deny God still cling to him, just in the form of weak, corrupt man. If you desire authority in your life to keep you safe, you are really looking for God. Don't accept cheap imitations. But God does for those who can do for themselves. He's big on personal responsibility, but it's what's best for you.
This credentialism is a recent phenomenon which has only come to dominate from the early 20th century. Before then, anyone could be a doctor - it was more of an apprenticeship under "recognized" physicians.
What was medicine like before the AMA? Pretty much a whole bunch of people trying to figure out the practice of medicine.
Where is the BAR association given any powers over who gets to be a lawyer in the Constitution?
Is redemption possible for the sins of expertness? The only one I know that works requires the systematic retirement of experts. To be sure, many of them are sucked into chairs, deanships, vice presidencies, and other black holes in which they are unlikely to influence the progress of science or anything else for that matter. Surely a lot more people could retire from their fields and turn their intelligence, imagination, and methodological acumen to new problem areas where, having shed most of their prestige and with no prior personal pronouncements to defend, they could enjoy the liberty to argue new evidence and ideas on the latter's merits.
But there are still far more experts around than is healthy for the advancement of science. Because their voluntary retirement does not seem to be any more frequent in 2000 than it was in 1980, I repeat my proposal that the retirement of experts be made compulsory at the point of their academic promotion and tenure.
Is redemption possible for the sins of expertness? The only one I know that works requires the systematic retirement of experts. To be sure, many of them are sucked into chairs, deanships, vice presidencies, and other black holes in which they are unlikely to influence the progress of science or anything else for that matter.
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