Guess Who's Second-Guessing
By Bryan Caplan
A single-issue website laments:
It is just depressing to witness academics confining the discussion of
complex issues within the parameters of pre-existing public opinion.
What’s the point of possessing vast knowledge of any subject if one
chooses to then limit themselves to the preferred policy prescriptions
of all the people who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about?
As far as I’m concerned, this paragraph applies to virtually every issue. But I suspect that most single-issue activists would second-guess the public very selectively.
Question: Can you guess the issue that inspired this lament? If so, please explain your guess. Do some issues lend themselves to a general second-guessing of public opinion? Do some ideologies begin with second-guessing, and end with intense single-issue activism? Or what?