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Why do “Elitists” Find it so Necessary to Ram Their “Ideas” Down Our Throats? Thomas Sowell Knows

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Posted on July 30 2010 10:00 am
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After the ObamaCare vote, and now, the SB1070 ruling by Judge Susan Bolton in Arizona (covered here and here by NewsRealBlog), many people have wondered very publicly why Barack Obama is so willing to thwart the will of the American people.

Simple: He is better than we are.

As Thomas Sowell so lucidly demonstrates in his recent How Smart Are We? post in National Review Online, the idea that “Elites” should make the decisions of life for those of us who are less sophisticated has been around in one form or another for ages – and has hardly ever worked, not that our betters who engender this philosophy would care:

“Many of the wonderful-sounding ideas that have been tried as government policies have failed disastrously. Because so few people bother to study history, often the same ideas and policies have been tried again, either in another country or in the same country at a later time — and with the same disastrous results.

“One of the ideas that has proved to be almost impervious to evidence is the idea that wise and far-sighted people need to take control, and plan economic and social policies so that there will be a rational and just order, rather than chaos resulting from things being allowed to take their own course. It sounds so logical and plausible that demanding hard evidence would seem almost like nit-picking.”

But nit-pick we must, for the belief that there are “certain people” who “know best” by virtue of educational attainment or social standing is a canard at best, and a tragedy at worst. As Sowell points out, the French and Bolshevik Revolutions are but two of the  manifestations of this particular mindset.

And, as our Hoover Fellow (no, the irony isn’t lost on yours truly) so wisely elucidates,

“The idea that the wise and knowledgeable few need to take control of the less wise and less knowledgeable many has taken milder forms — and repeatedly with bad results as well.

“One of the most easily documented examples has been economic central planning, which was tried in countries around the world at various times during the 20th century, among people of differing races and cultures, and under governments ranging from democracies to dictatorships.

“The people who ran central planning agencies usually had more advanced education than the population at large, and probably higher IQs as well.

“The central planners also had far more statistics and other facts at their disposal than the average person had. Moreover, there were usually specialized experts such as economists and statisticians on the staffs of the central planners, and outside consultants were available when needed. Finally, the central planners had the power of government behind them to enforce the plans they created.”

But what these geniuses didn’t have was the ability to put these practices to any good use in the real world.

Why?

Because, as Sowell so rightly states,

“…experience trumps brilliance.”

Leave it to Barry O. and his minions to mock individual initiative, intelligence, and choice, and to look askance at national sovereignty and strength. After all, maybe the brave new world of communal health care and non-existent borders will make us stronger…I mean there’s always a spot for a new, um, France, isn’t there?

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