The Trouble With Elitist Theories
Victor Davis Hanson
What's behind the
In short, a growing anger at the sermonizing and condescension by many of America's elites.
We see this specifically, for example, in the debate over global warming, which a year ago was accepted as gospel.
The high profile of prestigious scientists, former public officials like
But then the assertion of manmade climate change met a perfect storm.
First, several high academic priests of global warming were discredited.
Leaked e-mails at
More recently, the U.N.'s
These exposes dovetailed with a series of unconnected events that further undermined the climate-change diktat.
Many of the most prominent green advocates either seemed hypocritical
or downright crazy.
The president's own "green jobs" official,
Then there was the uncooperative weather itself. Environmental
grandees jetted into frigid
Other conventional wisdom from supposed experts has also been
questioned. Take the model of the
But European prosperity was, in fact, heavily subsidized by decades
of free protection by the U.S. military. Meanwhile, aristocratic
And now? Several EU nations like
Yet, in 2009, the American binge of massive spending and borrowing, expansion of government, and new proposed taxes followed the model of the supposedly superior European system. But for all the massive new debt, unemployment here remains high and the economy still sluggish.
The Obama administration came into office also convinced of another
theory popular among many intellectuals, lawyers and members of the
media -- that the so-called "war on terror" had degenerated into a Bush
administration overreaction to 9/11. Obama's anti-terrorism czar,
President Obama promised to close
"Outreach" and "reset" with the Islamic world became instead the
talking points. Highly educated experts had to explain to those of us
who are less sophisticated that the real dangers were
And now? After the mass murdering at Fort Hood, the
There is an unfocused but growing anger in the country -- and it should come as no surprise. Nobody likes to be lectured by those claiming superior wisdom but often lacking common sense about everything from out-of-control spending and predicting the weather to dealing with enemies who are trying to kill us all.
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