The trend of the conversation over at Chicago Boyz about IQ reminded me: despising the rulership of elites does not mean that the rulership of non-elites is all that good either. People who want to be in charge of you and tell you what to do should be regarded with suspicion.
It is a very natural error. We look at the collection of people who have been able to work themselves into positions of power and influence and notice that some off them are actually pretty clever, but many others of them know how to imitate cleverness and speak the language, propping up the former. Collectively, they have gotten a lot of stuff wrong, expensive and pernicious stuff. We naturally contrast that with ourselves, people who don't want to interfere with everyone else's life, who have deep suspicions of grand plans, and who think we are decently smart, but not so smart that we can't learn a few things. We're pretty sure that with a little work, we could do a better job of governing than the current crop.
Likely, we could.
But we're not the one's running. The people running under the guise of being for the Common Man, raging against unaccountable elites, are largely people who also want to tell us what to do. The history of American small-town or flyover politics includes hundreds and hundreds of dumbasses also. Just because they are fools does not mean you are wise.
I don't want to go in for blanket statements about any of it. You don't get much more intellectually elite than Bibi Netanyahu or Boris Johnson or *Ted Cruz, and all have a fair bit of elitism even as they are going at other elites. I think those elites are good to have around. More elites like that. There are people serving at the local levels on school boards or planning boards who are very decent folk, just trying to be a steady hand for their neighbors. We depend on their quiet service a great deal. Most of them are above-average intelligence and above-average successful. Good on them.
And then there are flocks of people who think they know better than the rest of us, and they come in many flavors. There are special dangers in the different kinds.
*Ted may have 50 IQ points on Beto O'Rourke. You can not like him because of arrogance, or his policies, or whether you think he cares about you 'n me, or his facial expressions, or whatever. Entirely separate debates. But don't try to sell me the idea that you are the party of smart people when you are running Beto over Ted. It's almost a category error.