Election 2020: Rout of the Technocracy
Regardless of whether one supported a specific candidate for president or no candidate at all, lovers of liberty should be rejoicing over a glorious victory this election cycle. This victory is not of one candidate or 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 at the moment: technocracy.
Technocracy serves as a useful veneer to cover the lust for power and domination that motivates most political actors. On paper, it can be understood as “rule by the smart,” but in actual practice, this is merely a myth to justify one class of society maintaining power and control over everyone else. Buoyed by the magic word “science,” “experts” claim to possess final knowledge and make pronouncements on truth with the authority of holy writ. Those who dissent, no matter how educated or reasonable their disagreement, are bludgeoned with slurs of being a “science denier” as if science were a sacred canon rather than a process of inquiry constantly evolving and changing.
One of the key components of this technocratic charade is the myth of inevitability. According to this myth, those who disagree with the technocratic consensus are not merely wrong, they are opposed to the inevitable and inexorable march of progress and history itself, which the technocrats have themselves foreseen (thanks to their unrivaled intelligence, of course). The un-ironic use of the term “the right side of history” is usually a good indication that someone is a technocratic true believer.
However, simply making prophetic pronouncements smacks too much of religion (which all right-thinking people of course know is “unscientific” mumbo jumbo). Humans have always sought to divine the future, doing so
Article from Mises Wire