Experts for life
A reader, as well as Roger Simon, alerted me to this article by Victor Davis Hanson. It makes some excellent points, as usual, and is well-written, as usual. If you're not familiar with his work, you might want to put him on your reading list. The article is about the failure of many "experts"--on both sides--to predict recent events.
One thing I don't understand: is being an expert like being "President for life?" That is, once you are anointed, appointed, elected, whatever, to "expert" status, is there nothing that can impeach you? Like, maybe, being wrong; like maybe, over and over and over again?
I have noticed that a bad track record on analyzing or predicting events is brushed over and ignored, and that experts keep on prognosticating and experticizing (yes, I know it's not a word, but I think it should be). They are rarely, if ever, called on it--that would probably make the experts angry, and would reduce the field from which the cable news stations can draw. And then what would they do?
It reminds me of a related question I've often wondered about: does anyone check up on psychics? How many of their yearly predictions actually come true--the ones that aren't totally vague, that is? Perhaps people just don't want to know--it's a lot more fun to believe. And a lot more lucrative for the psychics.