Professionals – their failings

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(James Fallows of ATLANTIC MONTHLY agreed with ‘just about everything’.)

Having seen amazing incompetence in my years in social work, I’ve wondered if other fields are as bad.  A look back gives us an idea:  professionals used to tell us men were superior to women, whites to nonwhites, the Depression was permanent, movies would replace radio, TV would replace movies, and we would control the weather.

Discovering Thomas Sowell

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Having received a liberal education, lived in liberal New York City, and worked in liberal social work, it was a jolt in the 80s to run across the ideas of this noted black conservative. They are profound, but surprising in that we rarely hear such views:

  1. The U.S. is being hindered by the growth of the two classes that brought about the decline of China in the l6th century – intellects and bureaucrats.
  2. Intellects are anti-military, anti-business, and anti-establishment.  They seek ‘social justice’ with no concern for cost effectiveness.  They feel years of book learning make ‘experts’ whose modern, sophisticated methods are paramount.  The layman’s simple, traditional methods are portrayed as archaic and irrelevant.
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