Rejection of Experts

Haig said the key to victory [in World War I] was "attrition," which, his general staff explained, meant "wearing down the Boches." But this assumed that more Germans were dying than Englishmen. And it wasn't true. ...
Lord Salisbury had warned the generation of parliamentarians who would succeed him: "No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe soldiers, nothing is safe."
- William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, Copyright 1983, Bantam Books Trade Paperback Edition, 2013, ISBN 978-0-385-31348-3,pp. 522-3

Europe is dealing with the political effects of the economic and migration crisis and the loss of faith in traditional technocratic elites and consensus politics.
Various “anti” parties have filled the vacuum, from the far left to the far right, building on anxieties about national identity, globalization, migration, Islam and jobs, taking votes from the larger parties and making majority coalitions much harder to build in more diverse parliaments.
- STEVEN ERLANGER, Merkel’s Troubles May Spell Trouble for All of Europe, NYT, NOV. 21, 2017

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