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Value Expertise but Fear Expert Power and Monopoly (Guest: Roger Koppl)

December 10, 2019

Rule by experts undermines pluralistic democracies, so while we should value experts opinions, we should limit the amount of power they have over personal lives and public policy.

Experts play critical roles in complex modern societies and peoples lives but rule by experts undermines pluralistic democracies, so while we should value experts opinions, we should limit the amount of power they have over personal lives and public policy. To ensure the best outcomes from expert advice, experts in no field of endeavor should be given monopoly status, there should be competition among experts, and the areas where they have direct power to enforce their will should be limited. Roger Koppl examines this in his latest book "Expert Failure." 
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org