Is Brexit A Harbinger Of Doom For The 'Experts'
by Phil T Looker, 26 June 2016
My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) … the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.
– J. R. R. Tolkien
The shock wave that emanated from the decision by plebiscite on Thursday 23 June, that Britain should leave the European Union (EU) represented the greatest triumph for democracy in my lifetime. It was not so much the hit taken by financial markets (they will quickly recover) as the panic that spread through political and business elitesnot only in Britain and the EU but the whoile world that gave victory for the LEAVE campaign such monumental significance. Not only does Brexit constitute a major setback for the embryonic global government project, it is a slap in the face for arrogant politicians and their delusions of superiority, and a bursting of the bubble of hubris that 'the expers' have inflated around themselves.
There will be plenty of time to cover all the implications as events unfold, for now its best to focus on one of the immediate implications of Brexit: the fall of the technocratic global empire.
To start, I want to dive into one of the more interesting controversies from the weeks leading up to the vote. What I’m referring to is the statement made by Vote Leave’s Michael Grove regarding “experts.”
From the Telegraph:
On Friday night, during an interview on Sky News about the EU, Faisal Islam challenged the Justice Secretary to name a single independent economic authority that thought Brexit was a good idea. Mr Gove’s response was defiant.
“I’m glad these organizations aren’t on my side,” he said. “I think people in this country have had enough of experts.”
Mr Islam spluttered incredulously. People in this country, he repeated, “have had enough of experts?”
Mr Gove stood his ground. Yes, he said, people in this country had had enough of experts “saying that they know what is best”. Mr Gove had “faith in the British people”. The so-called experts, clearly, did not.
Gove, who for reasons unexplained has long been a favourite hate figure for the left - I suspect it is because though a prominent conservative he is actually more working class than and of the leading politicians of the left,) was subjected to a typical left wing hate attack. His language was described as dangerous, and he was scolded for alleged anti-intellectualism. The "very smart people" issuing these condemnations did so in typical smug, self-important, condescending, elitist manner. If conservatives or libertarians had made such an attack on a left wing politician, the lefties would have been screaming 'hate speech.'Michael Gove bore the attacks with equianimity, not only did he know his words were absolutely correct, he knew the general public knew it too. Now we shall look why he is right.
First of all, what is an “expert?” From what I can gather this term is bestowed upon someone with an advanced degree who has successfully maneuvered him or herself into a lucrative sinecure as a specal adviser to government, a salaried membership think tank, or as a consultant to corporate or central banking or, big business or academia.
In my truncated carer as an Information management consultant (one who actually put his arse on the line by committing to deliver tangible results,) I was constantly in contact with people who boasted advanced degrees from the top universities. Through that contact I learned a degree is a fine thing for opening doors but means absolutely nothing the moment you walk through the door to start a job. You are surrounded by people some with deggrees equivalent to or better thanm yours, some with very little by way of higher education but years of experience behind them. And while in the public sector people of low ability can progress by loyalty to the organisation or simply by hanging on long enough, in the comercial world if you don’t perform you’re gone, nobody’s cares about the long sting of letters next to your name if you haven't the nous to back them up.
The world of politics, government and central banking does not work like that (sic). Look around you at all the "thought leaders" who continue to be paraded around on television or in the press, pontificating about every issue An example, Prof. Richard Dawkins might have broken new ground in his work "The Selfish Gene" although most of his theories have been supeseded by epigenticts research now, but when he entered the field of metaphysics and moral philosophy in The God Delusion his ideas were simplistic and not very original. Recently, he chose to enter the Brexit debate and showed himself to be an intellectual snob who regards the general population with contempt when he opined that there should not be a referendum because 'ordinary people' were neither intelligent nor well informed enough to understand the complex issues involved. In fact Dawkins spoke from narrow self interest, he was thinking that the money the EU puts into crackpot scientific research such as breeding human / animal embryos or growing human organs in mice for use in transplant surgery. There are many like Dawkins, their ideas obsolete long ago if they ever actually had any value at all, (I'm thinking primarily of economics or sociology professors,) who still advise Presidents and Prime Ministers of powerful nations. No clearout of economics academics followed the 2008 financial crisis, thus the 'consensus' of economists who predictted economic collapse for Britain if we voted to leave are by and large the same people as failed to predict the crash on 2008 swore Quantitative Easing would restore economic prosperity. And because economists tend to have long carers, many are still in the same jobs as they held when they failed to pridict the bursting of the dotcom bubble in 1999. The same people who ruined the world, then bailed out their cronies with our money while avoiding all accountability still continue to call the shots. These are the men and women we know as "the experts." And in spite of this, the university dumbed down professional and managerial class, like Pvlov's Dogs, will shout 'conspiracy theory' when anyone refers to a Shadow Government or anything similar.
The point isn’t to say that having an advanced degree in a particular field of study doesn’t make an individual useful to society. The issue is accountability. If you want to go around calling yourself an expert or worse a scientists and demanding that your views on topics way outside your specialist field be listened to and acted upon, you had better be right more than you are wrong.
The Brexit vote proves the point. Sure, David Cameron has announced his intention to resign, but where are the the resignations of EU technocrats who screwed up so badly that half the members of the European Single Currency system, The Eurozone, including Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, are now economic basket cases? And why are France, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy and Greece already making noises about having their own IN / OUT referenda If anyone was discredited by this vote it’s the leadership of the EU, but they aren’t going anywhere. Why? Because they’re experts, and experts, like bank currency speculators and neocon war mongers,stay around forever. These people never suffer the consequences of their actions, we cannot vote them out of office and thus they remain free to run around celebrating their own success (measured by very personal criteria, and continuing to inflict damage on the world with their mantras of change, diversity, multicultitalism and redistribution (of weealth from the north and west to the south and east and people from the south and east to the north and west. Like Stymphalian Birds they shit on the world from unassailable perches of power.
That’s the point. Being an expert does not make you infallible. Your credentials should certainly offer you a seat at the policy making table, but from that moment on you had better demonstrate performance. It’s the same way with a corporate job. The resume gets you in the door, but your production day in and day out keeps you in the seat.