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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?
    I do value the idea that your political body can't be completly removed from the population it governs. I think there does need to be some kind of mix but this idea that education and experience doesn't matter when running the largest economy in the world or coming up with policy that affects 300 million plus individuals is just crazy.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    More simplistic populist, mass democratic nonsense meant to stroke your egos.

    Joe Sixpack doesn't live in the consequential real-world of complex financial institutions, international diplomacy, and so forth. They are stuck to their localities, if that. How much more fantasy-land can you get than that? Is it any wonder why we had bred people like Henry Stimson?



    Wilson is practically the Godfather for modern bureaucratic structure and civil service. He wasn't just some idealistic schmuck that screwed over the Fourteen Points and made the hopelessly naive sentiments about the last Great war among men.
    Well God bless governing by civil service.

    The premise of democracy is that the ordinary salt of the earth person ultimately is the wisest about him/herself. Obviously you disagree.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?
    Academia for sure.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    As far Woodrow Wilson, Fiddy the man was a sadst. If he was alive today I would personaly take steps to remove him from the world permanately. He jailed people for speach and opposing his views. The Nazi party took their cues from him. That aint hyperbole they said it themselves they took their cues from him. That SOB was as anti Constitution as Obama and probably more so. He was a pox on our country.
    Please. Washington, Adams, Lincoln also did the same. Don't be so ridiculous.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?
    I'd prefer to have a mix, as a strictly academic body would lack in practicality and sense, but a strictly Joe Sixpack body would lack some understanding of intricacies.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Well God bless governing by civil service.
    Civil service does governance, and it does it generally very well.

    The premise of democracy is that the ordinary salt of the earth person ultimately is the wisest about him/herself. Obviously you disagree.
    I do disagree. The common man may be more wise about himself, but he is not wise about his collective.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Smart people, obviously. We didn't get to where we are now by having idiots in positions of power.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?
    Exclusively, neither. I'd rather have smart people (and that does not mean exclusively academics) with ability and desire to make government function.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    I think the average Joe deserves more credit. and could learn how to govern effectively.
    The University Professors might tend to be more ideologues.
    It has been my experience that most PhDs make poor managers.
    They can be very good in their own area of expertise, but hubris leads them to
    believe that makes them good in all areas of Human knowledge.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    All of a sudden, pragmatism is looking mighty good.

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