Trust Us, We’re Experts

For all the warnings of populism’s threat to the liberal democratic order, it might be the experts that do us in.

Illustration by Rose Wong

Six years ago, after the election of Donald Trump supposedly unleashed the furies of populism, the nation’s sharpest minds came up with a solution: let experts run things. The people were simply too ignorant and too unruly to make decisions. Populism, in their minds, was the leading threat to democracy. But if we gathered together […]

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