But they won’t; they’re too smart for that. “Intellect is not wisdom,” wrote Sowell, and truer words were never spoken.
The particular weakness of intellectual elites is that they don’t know how much they don’t know. People who have a lot of knowledge of a narrow field often imagine that their knowledge is far more generalized that it actually tends to be. Ace calls the political stance of so many of them “self esteem progressivism.” Sowell wrote another book in which he called it “self-congratulation: The Vision of the Anointed.
One of the reasons an Obamacare debacle would be so very very important is that the stakes are even higher than the health insurance system of the US, although that would certainly be high enough. It’s the Conflict of Visions (as Sowell termed it) between progressivism and conservatism. These two have been clashing for centuries. Wouldn’t it be ironic if, in its hour of triumph, progressivism overreached? Hubris, nemesis.
But even if that does end up happening—and it’s not at all certain that it will—remember Reagan’s words, and don’t feel any hubris yourself: