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“HANLON’S RAZOR: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” -– Murphy’s Law Book Two: More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong

Malice is a fun and easy explanation for the conduct of bureaucrats and politicians we dislike or distrust. Substituting stupidity for malice still lets us feel good in the moment. However, there are very senior experts in many fields within large organizations connected with networks of other large organizations, who are not stupid and who are not self-evidently malicious. Their conduct, when it seems to contradict observable facts and theory, might be better characterized as “institutionalized expertise.”

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During the COVID-19 shutdown, how many political leaders have claimed legitimacy because they are using the “Science and the Data”? For many people who crave certainty, the experts reassure them that they are receiving information they can rely on, in making the important daily decisions of their lives. As the lockdown continues in some states, […]

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I have to believe that everyone wants to believe he or she is a winner, and holds a degree of contempt or sadness for a person whom he or she considers to be a loser. But what do the terms winner and loser mean in these COVID-19 times? Being a winner is mostly about how […]

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Experts – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em! We need their expertise, but one expert will tell you one thing while another tells you the opposite. Sometimes the same expert will tell you opposite things at two different times. What the…?!

Take President Fauci – er, I mean, Dr. Fauci – for instance. That would be President Trump’s head honcho bigwig infectious disease doctor advising him on all things coronavirus. On January 26, this medical “expert” said during an interview on a radio program that, pertaining to the coronavirus, “It’s a very, very low risk to the United States.” That was his “expert” opinion at the time. Funny thing is, the last time I checked, the United States is now closed for business, lights out, curtains drawn, shut down until further notice. Presumably, either Dr. Fauci or some other equally brilliant “expert” will let us all know when it’s safe to go back to normal again – if indeed anything will ever be normal again.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America wade through the details of another horrific school shooting. This time 17 people are dead at a high school in Florida. They honor the heroes who saved students’ lives, including a football coach who died shielding kids from the gunfire. They’re also frustrated that warning signs about this shooter were abundant, including expulsion and a ban from campus, yet little was done by law enforcement to address the problem. And they discuss the tiresome Twitter rage in the wake of tragedies like this, with David pointing out that Twitter often proves that the supposed experts on an issue are actually quite clueless in their supposed area of expertise.

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I don’t have much to add, but if you haven’t read Donald Trump is Right About One Thing: Our Experts Know Nothing, I want to make sure you don’t miss it. It’s by Michael Ginsberg at The Federalist, and although it’s a little long, it’s worth every moment of your time.

My resentment, long in remission, came back and crystallized in the following thought: Americans are governed by politicians who see fit to reimagine entire sectors of our economy and, indeed, our lives despite having little, if any, experience in the areas of life they seek to reform wholesale. This means Americans, seeing the failures of government from Obamacare to the Veterans Affairs, from the Environmental Protection Agency dumping toxic materials into a Colorado river to the Dodd-Frank regulations strangling local community banks, have had just about enough of their credentialed but utterly inexperienced supposed betters reordering their lives and livelihoods.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 3.42.32 PMConsulting with corporations about the importance of putting “people before profits” is mutually beneficial to both corporation and speaker: the former is afforded cheap virtue and the latter an expensive lifestyle. In the world of speaking and corporate consulting, espousing the People-Before-Profits narrative — as with the virtues authenticity and diversity — is simply good business practice.

This value-for-value model is lost on the very same speakers who take it for granted that profits are suspect. These self-styled experts fail to see that, unlike President Obama’s facile description of the tension between liberty and security, the choice between people and profits is a false one. Yet companies throughout the United States are happy to self-flagellate before speaker after speaker, pretending to temporarily forget what reality will forever remind them: that profits are a darn good measure of the extent to which you have served others.

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That change can be good or bad was once so well understood as to be axiomatic. Previous generations, naturally, were no strangers to change. But the notion that change is good in and of itself is an entirely new idea. It’s also a very lucrative one. I once attended a workshop for speakers which confirmed […]

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