sexta-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2017

Quem precisa de experts?

"William F. Buckley famously said he would rather be ruled by the first 2,000 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than by the faculty of Harvard University. The government about to take over in Washington has more billionaires than the Boston of Buckley’s time, but it seems willing to test the theory that academics can be dispensed with for the most part. Rather than give Buckley's comparison a simple thumbs up or down, I find it more useful to ask when we would s...ide with the citizens and when with the faculty.
"I prefer the citizens for broad questions of policy and society. The citizens are more likely to be in touch with the concerns of everyday life, and less likely to embrace utopian schemes. They are more likely to be politically and culturally diverse. Overall, they are more conservative in both the "small c" sense of that word and the more political sense. By one estimate, 84 percent of campaign contributions from Harvard faculty in 2014 went to Democrats.
"For better or worse, direct rule by Buckley’s 2,000 American citizens probably would mean a slower pace of immigration, less emphasis on free trade, more law and order politics, and a blunter form of nationalism in foreign policy."
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