Tucker on “The Smartest People in the World”: Why Are They Wrong on Everything?!

Sunday, April 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Selwyn Duke
Sunday, 21 April 2019

Seemingly wrong about virtually everything, the “smart people turn out to be dumb! Why is that?” asked Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday evening. The answer, as the pundit admitted at the time, is deep enough so that it cannot be done justice in a five-minute television segment.

The commentator opened his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, talking about the news of the week: How the release of the Mueller report has further reduced the Trump/Russia/collusion narrative to the stuff of tin-foil-hat haters. He went on to say that the Washington types’ embrace of that narrative is typical of them, “the smartest people in the world,” as Carlson mockingly put it. They’re “wrong about everything,” said he — “the border, Libya, the whole country in 2016” (referring to Trump’s election).

His guest, author J.D. Vance, later cited other “elite” errors, such as believing in the late ’90s that “free trade” with China would make us more prosperous and the Chinese more democratic, in 2003 that Iraq had WMDs, and in 2007 that “our economy was solid and there wasn’t a financial crisis on the horizon.”

Carlson concluded, lamenting about our country, “Dad’s an alcoholic; the family’s out of control — I mean, that’s basically what’s happening.” He had wondered, earlier, if there was something fatally wrong with our system (video below). Actually, though, there’s something wrong with a lot more than that.

Vance’s main explanation for our leadership woes was a point Professor Thomas Sowell made in his book Intellectuals and Society: So-called intellectuals are never held accountable for the destruction wrought by their bad ideas.

If an engineer designs a bridge that quickly collapses, a doctor commits serious malpractice, or someone produces a harmful product, his career will likely be over; sometimes criminal charges may even be brought. But pseudo-elites never face consequences for creating deadly “products” — which in their case are ideas, which often become policy.

Obviously, this is largely because it’s harder to draw an easily perceived, widely accepted association between cause and effect. Oh, no, socialism hasn’t failed, you see; it’s just that the right people haven’t implemented it yet. Or, a bad economy isn’t the fault of our policies; it’s the other side’s obstructionism that’s doing it. That’s the thinking and the nature of the excuses — and there are lots of them.

Another difference is that an incompetent engineer or doctor might not have had ill intent, but that won’t help his cause. Yet partially because what pseudo-elites do is impossible to quantify, they often get by on perceived “good intentions.”

Yet, really, the pseudo-elites aren’t as dumb as Carlson gives them credit for. In many cases many of them know or at least suspect the truth, but benefit from lies.

Consider the Trump/Russia/collusion hoax. I’m always struck by how even conservative media figures consistently neglect to mention that Counterfeit News Network (CNN) figures were caught on hidden camera in 2017 admitting that the Russia story was nonsense. They knew.

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