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The Tyranny of Experts

Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor
Sprecher: Jonathan Yen
Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 58 Min.
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Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with "benevolent autocrats", leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor. In The Tyranny of Experts, economist William Easterly, best-selling author of The White Man’s Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world’s poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development - one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution - will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.

©2013 William Easterly (P)2014 Recorded Books

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The masters of ceremony of the new religion

A good description on how democraties and dictators can become strange bedfellows as their respective interests converge in a new religion: the believe in the omnipotence of science to solve complex problems. The experts are the masters of ceremony of this new religion. Some experts truly believe, but many others just exploit the opportunity of the situation for the powergame or enrichment. As for the religion itself: it remains "opium for the people" and stills a deeprooted need of many human beings to be able to pass their own responsability to a higher power and claim "wir haben es nicht gewusst".

I do not know the genesis of the theories of William Easterly but can find many similar ideas in books of Nasim Taleb, Daren Acemoglu and others. Causality is indeed treacherous and many things that seem logical are not. Let us hope that more nations can unleash the healing powers of democracy and proof the fallacy of dictatorships success stories.