A Woman of the People
By Arnold Kling
According to Reuters,
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday dismissed the “elite opinion” of economists who criticized her gas tax proposal…”I’m not going to put my lot in with economists,” Clinton said when asked to name an economist who backed her proposal.
“We’ve got to get out of this mind-set where somehow elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans,” said Clinton, a former first lady who would be the first woman president.
Soon I expect to hear the Senator from New York promise to jump out of a tenth-story window and fly, to demonstrate defiance of “elite” physicists who doubt the feasibility of the project.
PLAGIARISM ALERT: I though that this was a commonly-used form of put-down. But then on my bike ride this afternoon I remembered where I saw it, and I was able to track it down to this post from Megan McArdle.
Science is the attempt to understand a phenomenal world that I’m going to posit actually exists, and actually has immutable properties. If you don’t think this is so, I invite you to step out the nearest fourth floor window and then send me a report on the social construction of gravity.
I plead guilty. To plagiarism, that is. Not to believing that science is socially constructed.