Quote of the week

Expert, texpert. “Don’t you think the joker laughs at you?” asked John Lennon. Walter Russell Mead says we’re all laughing at ’em:

Expert, prizewinning Democratic economists now tell us that without more Keynesian stimulus the economy is doomed. Expert, prizewinning Republican economists tell us that more Keynesian stimulus will ruin us all.

The mining experts said that deep water drilling was OK. Then the environmental experts said that the oil in the Gulf was an immeasurable disaster that would drag on for years. The clean up experts then used dispersant that, other experts now tell us, may have worse consequences than the original oil. Then experts warned us that huge plumes of underwater oil were drifting murderously through the Gulf. The last I looked the experts were now saying that a previously undiscovered microbe had been eating the oil. The only thing that the public is sure about at this point is that the experts are likely to be surprised and confounded several more times before this whole ghastly fiasco plays out.

The score so far: Complexity and unexpected consequences 1000, experts zip. Public skepticism in “experts” is off the charts.

Even among the choking smokers, I’d bet.





4 comments

  1. Jeffro »

    3 September 2010 · 6:37 pm

    Is bacon good or bad today?

  2. CGHill »

    3 September 2010 · 7:46 pm

    Bacon having been described as the candy of meat, and given the Food Police’s disdain for both candy and meat, I have to figure that for the moment it’s doubleplusungood.

    Which means: time to stock up.

  3. Jeff Brokaw »

    3 September 2010 · 8:47 pm

    I have to think that people who continue to trust the word of “experts” are a little slow on the uptake.

  4. ak4mc »

    5 September 2010 · 10:12 am

    The only thing that the public is sure about at this point is that the experts are likely to be surprised and confounded several more times before

    …lunch.

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