The new Age of Unreason

The art formerly known as the Buddhas of Bamiyan.

“You know, I’ve always wanted to say this — I’ve never said this before — with all the talking we all do, all of these experts, ‘Oh we need an expert’ — the experts are terrible!” — Donald Trump, Wisconsin campaign rally, April 2016

Once again it has become fashionable, particularly on the right, to call expert opinion into question, to criticise judges and academics as “out of touch”, and to prize “real men” and “common sense” over rational inquiry. Suddenly, after years of rational debate, climate change deniers are back on an equal footing with climate scientists. Michael Gove is blithely declaring that we’ve “had enough of experts”.

Meh, facts. Who needs ‘em?

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