James Leroy Wilson's blog

Thursday, August 28, 2008

What To Believe?

This is my latest at the Partial Observer. Excerpt:
The mainstream or "Establishment" positions on the Constitution and economics are logically inconsistent, or at least raise serious questions. And politics and economics are things we all must make a decision about, but the Establishment seems to confuse and mislead us. What, then, is the average person to make of Evolution? Of Global Warming?

Here's why I ask. The natural sciences are also called the "hard sciences," in part because they're precisely that: hard. Difficult to understand. Intimidating to many, boring to many more. And because of this, we're expected to just believe the Establishment line: the experts know more about this than I do; I will follow their recommendations.

The Establishment can bury Constitutional interpretation in legalese and precedent. It can confuse our knowledge of economics with statistics, formulas, and jargon. But the intelligent layperson, with a relatively small amount of study, can cut through the baloney and get to the truth.

With the hard sciences, this is impossible.

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