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Flashback: Democracy Is Dying As Technocrats Watch

• https://www.technocracy.news, BY: WILLIAM EASTERLY

Plenty of public argument ensued about the validity of the underlying data. But there was hardly any comprehension among experts about why moral support for democracy might be eroding — in part, because there's good reason to think that experts are themselves to blame.

This is most obvious in the case of Trump, who devoted a large share of his presidential campaign not just to attacking democratic norms but also to attacking the technocratic experts who have come to symbolize democracy in the United States.

I have no sympathy for Trump's repulsive disregard for facts, truth, and legitimate expertise. Yet he was canny in identifying how both parties' technocratic mindset — their approaching every problem with a five-point plan designed to produce evidence-based deliverables — had left democracy vulnerable. Trump knew that if he waged a war on democratic values, the technocrats who now monopolize the country's political elite would be incapable of fighting back.

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