"Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked
with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before
they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs,
police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people
out of our lives and went back to common sense."
Walter E. Williams
(1936-2020) Columnist, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
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WOW, that is real self explanatory
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Not all the educated elite and experts are bad people - there are a few goods one's. Our job is to get rid of the bad one's - there's a wonderful line in “Jason and the Argonauts” when his son is about to rush into their home and kill “the bad one’s” he turns to him and says ‘Son now is not the time to throw the spear’ then towards the end of the story he turns to his Son again and says ‘Son now is the time to throw the spear’ - I think we have reached that moment.
     -- Robert, Sarasato     
    Williams is one of the most sensible people on earth. He is not saying all are bad, he is saying we have allowed "expertise" and and the mere fact of having a degree to overide common sense. We have been told so often that to be judgemental is bad, to the point we have lost the desire and ability to show good judgement in the face of idiocy. We just accept foolish ideas, particular from those who have degrees, rgardless of their foolishness.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    Common sense is no longer common.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    That says it all. It is very hard to teach common sense though, and those without it are the ones that parade their degrees and suchlike to prove that they are the experts. Private schools are assured a future in our republic.
     -- Eric Engstrom, Wichita, KS     
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     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
    This is a totally bogus "blame others" line. As parents you must accept responsibility for your own children, not blame others and as members of society we must accept our responsibility for others, not turn our back on them. If we ALL did that then there would be no problem.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Uncommon sense. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Wow, all these forces have come to a head in 2020!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- jim k, austin      
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