The expert class

From Bret Stephens in a recent opinion piece in the New York Times:

The world’s poorest countries deserve better than to be the petri dish for Western experts who know too little and a field of fantasy for Western progressives who dream too much.

Spartacus very much likes Stephens’ writings, but on this one Spartacus disagrees.  It is not just the world’s poorest countries that have felt the scourge of the fantasies and dreams of the experts and progressives.  Look no further than South Australia.

Desalination plant anyone?  How about a 100% renewable energy target.

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17 Responses to The expert class

  1. stackja

    Leftists are every where.

  2. H B Bear

    Hey Sparty Mainland Tasmania is just another failed State. Australia’s Detroit.

  3. John Bendall

    You forgot the Autobahn…..$20+ Million to save 2 minutes????
    It’s all happening in SA!!!

  4. NB

    SA’s problems are not the ‘experts’ ‘ fault.
    The SA government was repeatedly voted in with a mandate to destroy the place. That’s democracy.
    The Venezuelans are enjoying the same set of promised free lunches. (They eat their pets.)

  5. Charlie

    Every western country has experienced this with idioitc and disastrous bullshit like multiculturalism and feminism pushed onto an unwiling population by ‘experts’.

  6. pbw

    The threat posed by “expertise” is everywhere. It boils down to the notion that the hoi polloi are incapable of governing themselves in today’s complex, interconnected, blah, blah, blah. That is, a democratic polity cannot govern itself.

  7. mareeS

    The world’s poorest places are poor because they have deficient IQ..

    How in heck did certain indigenous folk never invent a wheel, or build a house, or even domesticate animals/manage to cultivate agriculture?

  8. Rob MW

    has anyone done a electricity supply cost analysis of replacing Musk’s $50 mill, 30,000 homes, battery every 7 to 10 years ?

  9. Charlie

    How in heck did certain indigenous folk never invent a wheel, or build a house, or even domesticate animals/manage to cultivate agriculture?

    Not all races are equal Maree. That was common sense in your great grandparent’s day and is now politically incorrect badthink.

  10. Charlie

    has anyone done a electricity supply cost analysis of replacing Musk’s $50 mill, 30,000 homes, battery every 7 to 10 years ?

    Why don’t you do it instead of being lazy ane expecting others to do it for you?

  11. old bloke

    Chrissy Pyne’s $50 Billion submarines will save the state, just you wait 50 years and see.

    In the meantime, Western Australia’s GST revenues will keep them alive on emergency rations.

  12. yarpos

    “The threat posed by “expertise” is everywhere”

    You might enjoy a book called “The Limts of Expertise” Its aviation based but has case studies on how well educated, well trained and well intentioned people make bad choices or still reach situation that are beyond them.

  13. Tator

    NB, if you mean getting 35.8% of the primary vote and a TPP of 47% getting voted in, yeah, go ahead. But the bulk of the state wanted this government gone 2 elections ago. It was a dodgy electoral system that kept them in power as out of the last 5 elections the ALP have won, they have only won the TPP vote ONCE and dodgy independents put them in as they know they will be bribed with pork barrels as all the ALP knows how to do is spend spend spend.

  14. egg_

    How many thousand times SA’s CO2 emissions is the Bali volcano currently spewing out?
    Beyond parody.

  15. egg_

    How many Weatherdildos makes one Mount Agung volcano eruption?

  16. sdfc

    In the meantime, Western Australia’s GST revenues will keep them alive on emergency rations.

    By sucking funds from a depressed WA economy. Well done HFE you piece of shit.

  17. Hahaha an auto Bahn in a place where there is nowhere to go! That takes imagination nurtured by theory and opinion (arses etc) with no connection with reality. An old bushy once told me, if you want to know the truth ask someone who doesn’t know anything.

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