Summary of How America Lost Faith in Expertise

And Why That's a Giant Problem

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When populists reject the findings of experts, can the death of democracy be far behind?

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In an age when people have an overabundance of information at their fingertips, many Americans have embraced the idea that they can – and do – know as much about government as public policy experts. US Naval War College professor Tom Nichols presents a cogent thesis about what underpins this growing phenomenon of disdain for expertise. Nichols’s essay is an urgent, clarion call to urgently restore the symbiotic relationship between “ordinary citizens” and “intellectual elites.” While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this analysis to anyone concerned about the state of open and constructive conversation in the United States.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why American society has rejected experts,
  • What factors have contributed to this phenomenon and
  • What affect this has on democracy.
 

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Large swaths of Americans have come to reject the role of experts in society. Outright contempt for the specialized knowledge that experts possess has replaced healthy skepticism about their limitations. Feelings and opinions have supplanted facts and knowledge in critical public policy debates. Informed...
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Tom Nichols is a professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College.


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    John Olson 1 month ago
    This summary hits the problem on the head. Looks to me the only way to solve the problem is to have credible expert-in -field curation of articles and hope the reputation of the posting website catches on....distinguishing itself from all those posting erroneous or fake news articles.

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