One of the things that has gone horribly wrong in the West over the past fifty years is the establishment of an elite class of “experts” who have become untethered from any sort of accountability. These “experts” originate predominantly from out prestige educational institutions, accumulating impressive strings of degrees. They often spent most if not all of their careers working in government agencies, academic institutes, non-profit organizations, multi-national corporations or professional associations. Thus they tend to be insulated from the accountability caused by the necessity of delivering practical, useful results.
Thus their value is not bound up in actually being proved correct in their predictions and prescriptions. Rather it is found in their attainment of social prestige, institutional power and shameless pretense. The foundation for this type of faux “expertise” is an overbearing, entitled sense of hubris.
This elite class really believes that they are morally, intellectually and ideologically superior to we “commoners” who must be herded by their betters into doing the “right thing.” This sense of limitless hubris leads our “experts” to imagine that they know things that they demonstrably don’t. That is, rather than limiting their self-confident pronouncements to areas in which they may have a legitimate claim to some expertise, they expound on areas in which they are utterly ignorant. The assumption appears to be that, since they have acknowledged expertise in some narrow area, that narrow ground of superiority can be limitlessly expanded to include any area that they choose to address.
That same hubris renders these people immune from honest self appraisal or acknowledgement of past mistakes. No, since their value resides in their status as “experts” they must always be found to be correct. And the other “experts” whom occupy similar positions of prestige and power are often happy to assist. After all these superior beings might lose power if the “commoners” were ever allowed to vet their performance.
Looking back on my work here it’s clear that I’ve been, in effect, vetting our elite masters from day one. For example, my discussion of the PCUSA leadership included criticism of their theological work, exposure of their heresy (including Gnosticism and atheism) and apostasy, as well as their scandalous political actions on immigration and Marxism. In these and many more posts and book I have made the case that our PCUSA elite leadership are theological frauds and moral failures.
I’ve also been vetting our political leaders and institutions. For example, the Republican Party (including George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney), Donald Trump, the Democrat Party/Progressive Left, the Democrat Presidential Candidates (2016 and 2020) Barack Obama and the Never Trumpers, among many others. Of course, I have primarily focused on the Progressive Movement, eventually resulting in a book on this topic. I have concluded that the contemporary Progressive Movement is centered on a proto-totalitarians ideology that seeks to destroy the United States as a Constitutional Republic.
My position is that a deep and dangerous chasm has opened between our elite leadership, be they Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Progressive, Corporate or NGO, and the citizens whom they claim to lead. But at least these people have been those who actually are in legitimate positions of leadership (regardless if they are abusing or misusing their power).
My purpose in this series is to focus on another class of leaders, that being the unelected, usually anonymous class of “experts” who claim special intellectual and moral positions from which to guide public policy. In the current COVID-19 situation these “experts” have been granted the power to direct the futures of nations all in the name of fighting a specific virus. Do they really possess the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to the task? Has their track record built the confidence necessary to entrust them with this responsibility? Are they really the moral, disinterested people whom they claim to be as they decide our fates? These and other questions must be addressed.