We live in the post-truth era. We do not believe in any experts or scientists anymore.
This is a huge danger.
It is a political ploy created by populist politicians to enable them to get away with murder. Global Warming is bollocks. The economy will not crash. There will be no war. The earth is flat. Once you have successfully discredited all experts and scientists, leaders can do what they want with utter impunity.
Trump, like many other leaders, is busy stripping away all safeguards in the pursuit of profit.
This creates risk of war, risk of huge environmental damage, risk of health and safety for employees, risk of social upheaval.
Ramp up the hate and division. Deny all the experts. Make up whatever you want. Refugees are all criminals, rapists and murderers. Tax cuts don’t favour the wealthy. Selling arms to Saudi is good business. Supporting polluting industry promotes jobs. Pouring out effluent into the rivers, seas and air will not damage the environment. Guns save lives. It doesn’t matter as long as you make a buck or two in the process.
If the ‘experts’ speak out they are now easily pushed aside as they are political pawns. They are always wrong. They are exaggerating or lying. They can be discounted. We do not believe experts any more.
This frees these populist leaders to do whatever they want. It opens the door to tyranny. It takes away all balance and checks. There is now no creditable opposition. The experts are political tools. They can be ignored.
So let’s chop down the Amazon. There won’t be any repercussions. You know it makes sense!