I was just reading another article that wonders why our military and economic experts are still listened to even though they have been wrong about everything.
The answer is obvious: They are still listened to because they are experts, and the American public has been conditioned to let experts do their thinking for them. If a person is not certified, licensed, accredited or acknowledged as an “expert” by the media, then his thoughts and ideas have no merit, and he is cowed into keeping his mouth shut.
An expert is never wrong because he is wrong. He is wrong because he didn’t have enough information, or his policy wasn’t carried out correctly or he was stabbed in the back or a liberal media undercut him. The reasons go on and on, but they all boil down to the same thing—if something doesn’t work, try more of the same.
The important thing is that an expert be incompetent because nothing undercuts policy like success. The longer a policy is implemented, the more public money flows into private pockets. Therefore, error is a crucial component of any policy.
The incompetent bind us to them with gossamer threads of error. The expert really shines when he has no idea of what he’s talking about.