Whether one supports a specific presidential candidate or not at all, freedom lovers should rejoice in a glorious victory during this electoral cycle.
This victory is not that of one candidate or one party over another in this race or that, but rather a resounding ideological defeat of one of the most illiberal and menacing forces we face in this world. moment: technocracy.
Technocracy serves as a useful veneer to cover the thirst for power and domination that motivates most political actors. On paper this can be understood as “rule by the smart”, but in practice it is only a myth to justify that a class of society retains power and control over everyone. . Carried by the magic word “science”, “experts” claim to possess final knowledge and to make statements about truth with the authority of scripture. Those who disagree, however educated or reasonable they disagree, are pummeled with insults for being a “science denier” as if science is a sacred canon rather than an ever-evolving process of inquiry and in change.
One of the key elements of this technocratic masquerade is the myth of inevitability. According to this myth, those who do not agree with the technocratic consensus are not simply wrong, they oppose the inevitable and inexorable march of progress and of history itself, which the technocrats themselves have. even expected (thanks to their unmatched intelligence, of course). The non-ironic use of the term “the bright side of the story” is usually a good indication that someone is a true technocratic believer.
However, just making prophetic statements makes too much of a religious sense (which all right thinking people of course know is an “unscientific” mumbo jumbo). Humans have always sought to guess the future, doing so through a variety of means such as tarot cards, tea leaves, and mapping the movements of celestial bodies. None of them have ever worked very well, but thanks to the power of “science,” technocrats believe they have gone beyond these primitive superstitions. Instead of throwing bones into the fire and reading the cracks, technocratic diviners use obscure techniques such as “public opinion polls” and “data-driven modeling” to “scientifically” scrutinize the future and discern the arc of history.
The legitimacy with which large sections of the public hold these technocratic prophecies is one of the greatest strengths of technocrats, and allows them to get away with many things that would otherwise be impossible.
Just consider the response to the covid-19 crisis. The technocrats have had practically all latitude to reorganize society at will. Few would listen to the crazy anti-social lockdown proposals that threaten the inherently human aspects of our existence without the ability to use “science” to push dissidents into submission.
However, this election demonstrated that not only do our technocratic lords lack the power to scrutinize the future, but tens of millions of our fellow Americans are also skeptical of these prophetic powers.
The extent to which the prognoses were out of step, double-digit in some places, revealed that maybe all of that “scientific” polls and modeling isn’t much better than reading goat innards after all. Thanks to pollsters, millions expected a blue eruption that would sweep Trump, secure the Senate, and increase Democratic margins in the House. Instead, the presidential race was very close, Democrats barely hung on in the House, and the Senate will likely remain Republican.
If a diviner had made a mistake a thousand years ago, he would soon have found himself having his own insides read.
This dire record discredits not only election-specific polls and modeling, but also public opinion polls and modeling in general. Perhaps this is an even harder blow for the technocrats, as it removes a tool by which they can say loud and clear that they have a mandate to carry out the statist project they insist on during the week.
Perhaps even more important than the discrediting of the technocratic diviners is the complete denunciation of the experts and the intellectual class as self-deluding charlatans. For years we have been constantly lectured by smug, self-righteous talking heads about how America is polluted with the sin of racism at the genetic level and in need of repentance and absolution (via their favorite public policies , of course). This intersectionality and critical race theory came to a head after Trump became president.
Relying on intersectional assumptions, political scientists have predicted for years that ultimately, thanks to demographic trends, all oppressed peoples will unite and rise up against their white cisheteropatriarchal oppressors and vote Democrat forever and that the Republican Party will soon be. relegated to permanent insignificance. Yet election results indicate that millions of supposedly oppressed people do not believe in anything. Trump crushed it in South Florida among Cuban Americans and wiped out Democratic margins among some of the country’s most Mexican American counties along the southern border. The situation looks even worse if you think exit polls have validity (an open question): Poll exit polls have indicated that Trump’s margins have increased among black women and men, Latinos, white women, and gay voters. The only demographic with which Trump’s margin declined were white males. So much for this prediction.
Ultimately, this election demonstrated that the future is truly unknown. Those who claim to know the end of history have found themselves even dumber than usual. They would like to make people believe that everyone is powerless in the face of the inexorable forces of historical progress and that those who do not agree are only reactionary resistance fighters who will be swept aside in due course. But as Mises argues in the last section of his book Theory and History, it is the individual choices and the actions of living and breathing people that determine the course of history, and not the Gnostic scruples of intellectuals. Far from being something planned, Mises points out that “the defining fact of the story is that this is a succession of events that no one anticipated before they happened.”
With so much technocratic propaganda perpetually inundating us, the future may indeed seem grim at times, but take heart! In a glorious display of ineptitude, the enemies of liberalism reminded us of how deceived and ignorant they really are. The future is not set in stone, but rather a blank canvas waiting to be filled with the choices of millions and millions of acting individuals, individuals whom we are able to persuade into the liberal cause of property. , freedom and peace. The future of freedom is as bright as we are working to create it.
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