Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Know Your Enemy

"The people of America have rejected the expertariat, and I think with good reason because I think the expertariat have been wrong about one thing after another, including climate policy. The expert class, it seems to me, is full of arrogance or hubris."

Yes, Myron Ebell - because there is of course nothing remotely arrogant or hubristic about claiming to know better than experts in the field, is there? When in the run-up to the EU referendum Michael Gove argued that Britons had "had enough of experts", he was clearly echoing a worrying transatlantic position.

Ebell - the man who until recently led Donald Trump's transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency - has branded the environmental movement "the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world". As much of a dangerous egomaniacal lunatic as Trump seems, it's profoundly unsettling to realise that there are plenty of others who share his apparently perverse worldview.

In other words, we're all fucked.

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