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The Dangers of Elite Groupthink

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

When the supposed clueless Trump was elected, a number of elites pronounced he was bound to destroy the U.S. economy. In terms of the stock market, unemployment, energy production and workers’ wages, the economy has been doing superbly. It's not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly. Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers and often sheltered and blinkered elite lives. We forget that knowledge can be found at all ages, and in all places. And ethics has nothing to do with degrees or pedigrees.