In 2020, we have seen a series of incidents of so-called public health ‘experts’ lighting their credibility on fire. This governance by scientism has betrayed the trust of the public – and it is no wonder that there are now widespread doubts about the safety of proposed vaccines.
Over the last decade, these intellectual-yet-idiots said “climate change is the greatest threat to global health” and wasted our taxpayer-funded resources on ineffective sugar taxes that achieved nothing towards even their stated aim of combatting obesity. Then, when an actual public health emergency of a global pandemic came around, they said the risk to our community was “medium to low” before discouraging people from wearing masks even in late May (!!!). Despite their repeated failures, and the fake news that these people were peddling, there have been no apologies, no regrets, and no self-awareness that a different course of action would mean less people would have died from this coronavirus pandemic. It’s no wonder that the public doesn’t trust what they’re told.
Even now, Public Health Isle of Man has revealed themselves to be a dogmatic and ideologically hamstrung organisation – so much so that they have just launched a so-called “Winter Health” campaign (in 2020!) without even mentioning COVID-19. Of course, this is the same group that went from downplaying the risk of the virus to reducing public communications in the midst of the greatest public health disaster of our lifetime. It is no wonder that the public holds these so-called “experts in such low regard when their one (and so far only!) attempt at a Twitter Cornavirus “fact check” was to mock racism.
This is not a problem unique to the Isle of Man. It is a global problem, and we see it very obviously in the USA:
That article by Kevin Williamson, There Will Be No ‘Return to Normalcy’, is excellent throughout. It makes the point that we have had a bunch of arrogant intellectual-yet-idiots claim to be experts – but the fatal conceit of these fake-experts was that they thought they were smarter than they really were. These fake-experts mistakenly thought that ultra-complex human systems could be managed in the same way that you can manage an engine, or a mathematical calculation, or a bridge. Humans just cannot be engineered the same way that concrete and steel can be. They are different things, as Williamson convincingly argues:
The hubris of the fake-expert is very similar to the wonderful chapter “The Intellectual Yet Idiot” from the outstanding book, Skin in the Game. It is well worth reading in its entirety, but it coincides with many populist uprisings over the last four years:
Although the “Intellectual Yet Idiot” chapter was written back in 2016, it predicts almost perfectly the failures of public health fake-experts in 2020. They were wrong about the risk of COVID-19 to the Isle of Man, they were wrong about wearing masks, and still, not one of them has apologised for the wrong advice they gave. Add Coronavirus to this list from 2016:
The public knows that these fake-experts were repeatedly wrong. And the first step towards re-earning the trust of the public (so that the public does prudent things like take vaccines!) would be to apologise for their errors, and show some humility. But the Intellectual-Yet-Idiot class won’t apologise, until there are more disruptions to their world view.