Would that Hillary meet the same fate as Marie Antoinette, after she is made to sing? Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France prior to the French Revolution. Marie’s nickname was Madame Déficit. Let’s hope our new revolution goes more peacefully.
A poster pondered, the elites are “People that look for the greater good and want to improve the planet. People who also like to give back (the philanthropy in the article). People who want the world to be a better place for their children than it is for them. I concede that these are not the people who live paycheck to paycheck.”
I would not make that concession. I know many people who fit that description entirely, and they do live paycheck to paycheck…and they are certainly not among the elite. I asked if he meant to say that? And, he said,”…the choice of best in public policy to run our country…” That is the collectivist rant, their sales pitch. “It takes a village,” they cry. “That is not who we are,” they cry. But in fact they don’t know who we are and they could not care less. They ignore the tragedy of the commons.
Matters of public policy, sociology, and even law and justice are, so far, several orders of magnitude less precise than matters in technology, science, engineering, and math. Not even close. But they are an ever tightening noose around our necks, progressively limiting our freedom. We have not yet reached the earliest stage of scientific development of biology, classification by taxonomy. Biology of course is far beyond that stage now and well into genomics. But we still cannot take apart a cell and put it back together again.
We seem to have stopped studying these matters of politics as a true science after John Locke, Adam Smith, George Berkeley and David Hume. IMHO, political science has not even reached the stage of the first classifications by the earliest biologists. In political science and socilogy, expertise and the value of expertise are declining daily. We the people of the Earth are a fractal at best, widely diverse and variable. So far, no one has discovered or invented and agreed on a taxonomy that fits, even something as broad as life. Where does life begin? Where does it end? There are too many variables and almost no one is studying it anymore. Imagine the curve for a normal distribution in 3 or 4 dimensions, at least.
Rather, political science is the call to a soapbox. Rarely is anyone studying policy and politics as science except for the purpose of control. But that’s not science, that is an application of technology.
In today’s circumstances, imposing a system, a bureaucratic technocracy, such was we have today is probably the least effective policy, worse than anything except outright tyranny, communist, fascist dictatorship and total anarchy. Today, we have a tyranny by oligarchy. A study at Princeton confirms it.
The end result on our current path is something like the movie Gattaca, or Blade Runner or worse. Not much has changed since the American Revolution and the French Revolution and a solid argument can be made that civilized society and government have regressed.
The best policy maximizes freedom and severely limits government to that which is necessary and applied equally to all. What we have today is not noblesse oblige elites but rather a loosely defined group who have learned how to scam the technocratic system for their own benefit. The truth of that is obvious in America, Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Brasil or attempts at supranational governments such as the UN, the EC or NAFTA…essentially everywhere.
Creating more laws will never solve the problem. Instead, that creates more problems and opportunities for those who scheme the system, and usually that was someone’s intent.
In contrast, more freedom eventually results in more trust and personal responsibility. A free society does not rely on an act of law or a license, but rather a man’s word and his actions which are freely transparent to all to judge and be judged.