Ron Paul unzips his brain

ImageRon Paul: “And this idea that some group or some people should know what the proper amount of money should be is sort of presumptuous. You know… you know… I don’t know where they get this knowledge. And, uh, I call it a pretense on knowledge – they pretend they know, but they really don’t.”

Well, that has the intellectual rigor of a politician who says, “And this idea that some group or some people should know that the earth is 93 million miles from the sun, orbiting it, that no asteroids are about to hit us, or that the earth is even spherical… You know, I don’t know where they get this knowledge. And, uh, I call it a pretense on knowledge – they pretend they know, but they really don’t.”

This is why Ron Paul is laughable as an expert or informed commentator (or legislator) at all.

Again, his contention that they could be wrong about a fact (quantity of money desired by the market) is not the problem. The problem is that when pressed to consider it, his brain finds this line of thought salient – that these elitist, ivory-tower academics claim to know something and, since he doesn’t know the basis of their claim, they must not actually know it – and so the institution is bad.

Unfortunately, that formulation (with a few nouns swapped) is the basis for much of modern Conservatism and Tea-Party thinking.

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