2.3.17

A GREAT POPULIST SPASM.

That's the thesis of Sarah Hoyt's Upside Down, a nice bit of Fourth Turning imagery in the title of a meditation on the Loss of Control by Wise Experts.  " Leaders work, if they’re carefully trained to lead (one of the reasons Heinlein advocated breeding and raising rulers, or at least jokingly advocated it) and in our complex technocratic society, more so, but what if what they’re learning actually renders them more unfit to lead, because they can’t see conditions as they are right now?" I can channel my Inner Cromwell, and tell those who have sat there for too long to Go!  But the folks who are just sitting there might resist being turfed out.
Eight years ago people were sensing something was wrong.  Hiring Obama was part of this.  He was the dream-boat of the Marxists and everyone had been educated to believe Marxism (even when they weren’t told the name) was the way of the future.  I mean, it’s right there on the tin “progressive.”  It must be progress.  He had the education, he didn’t have experience in government but the media burned its last shreds of credibility to convince everyone he was a deep thinker.

Only, like managers being hired now on impeccable credentials, he was trained to administer the government of the thirties, at most.  Not the chaotic economy and intricate specializations of the oughts.
Perhaps the best thing for the experts to do is to stop their salvage efforts. But that's unlikely.  To Victor Hanson, though, that would be a desirable outcome.
The Western world is having a breakdown. The symptoms are the recent rise of socialist Bernie Sanders, Trump's election, the Brexit vote and the spread of anti-European Union parties across Europe.

But these are desperate folk remedies, not the cause of the disease itself.

The malady instead stems from our false notion of elitism.

The public no longer believes that privilege and influence should be predicated on titles, brands and buzz, rather than on demonstrable knowledge and proven character. The idea that brilliance can be manifested in trade skills or retail sales, or courage expressed by dealing with the hardship of factory work, or character found on an Indiana farm, is foreign to the Washington Beltway, Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
Perhaps, although, emergence being messy, the spasm is likely to go on, as are the death struggles of the old Establishment.

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