Arrogance

The people in Tobacco Control are arrogant. They think they know what’s good for everybody else. They have no hesitation calling for smoking bans to be imposed on other people. The bans may smash communities and bankrupt businesses, but they don’t care, because they think they know better.

It’s an arrogance that has now spilled out of Tobacco Control into Public Health. For Public Health is just another bunch of arrogant people. And they tell other people not only what they can smoke, but what they can eat and drink as well.

And the climate scientists are another bunch of arrogant people. They also seem to think they know what’s good for everybody. And now they’re demanding that people stop using coal and oil.

Where do all these arrogant people come from? Why are they all so arrogant? Was there ever a time when they weren’t arrogant?

Come to think of it, isn’t the trouble with the political class in the UK and the EU that they’re all extremely arrogant as well. Are there any politicians who aren’t arrogant? Are there any politicians who confess to not being sure what to do? Are there any politicians who ask for advice?

Perhaps arrogance comes with status. If you’re a nurse in a hospital, you won’t be arrogant. If you’re a junior doctor, you won’t be arrogant. But if you’re a big shot in the BMA or the RCP, you’ll probably be pretty arrogant.

Maybe the same is true in armies. If you’re a private soldier, you’ll be without arrogance. But as you rise up the chain of command, you probably get more and more arrogant. And finally when you’re a field marshal you’ll be supremely arrogant.

It’s the same with rock stars. They get arrogant too. And the higher they climb, the more arrogant they become. Some of them, anyway. Madonna, for example.

Perhaps the Deep State is just another bunch of arrogant people. I was writing about ex-CIA director John Brennan recently. In a tweet, he wrote:

To allies & friends: Be patient, Mr Trump is a temporary aberration. The America you once knew will return.

There speaks an extremely arrogant man. He thinks he knows better than all those American people who voted for Trump. He thinks he knows the future, and that Trump’s going to be gone soon. And he thinks that he can tell people to “be patient”. He thinks he’s some sort of spokesman. When did he become a spokesman?

As director of the CIA, Brennan was appointed to the job by someone. But it looks like a case of someone getting promoted, and getting arrogant as he got promoted, and becoming supremely arrogant when he got the top job.

Peter Strzok, who was fired a few days ago from the FBI, not long after testifying before Congress or Senate, also struck me as being pretty arrogant.

And Hillary Clinton is also extremely arrogant. She still feels that she was fully entitled to be President of the United States. She seems to think that the job was hers by right. She’s never stopped griping about it since she lost.

And all the Nancy Pelosis in the Democrat party all seem to be just as arrogant as she is.

I suppose that Donald Trump is also extremely arrogant. But in some ways his arrogance is a reflection of their arrogance, and perhaps even a parody of their arrogance. And the one thing that all these arrogant people can’t stand is somebody who’s just as arrogant as they are.

Ron Paul doesn’t seem arrogant. Neither does Rand Paul. Or at least they don’t seem to be.

Perhaps that’s what politics always is: arrogant people vying with other arrogant people, with the most arrogant climbing to the top.

The trouble with all these arrogant people is that, as far as I can see, none of them seem to know what they’re talking about. For the arrogant doctors in Public Health don’t seem to know much about public health. And the climate scientists don’t seem to know much about climate. And most of the politicians don’t seem to know anything about anything.

And perhaps that’s another thing about arrogance: it’s usually not justified. Arrogant people have usually got nothing to be arrogant about. And perhaps their arrogance is a compensation for that. The less they’ve done, the more arrogant they’ll be.

I was writing yesterday that there was a power struggle going on between Globalists and Populists. But maybe it’s really a power struggle between the arrogant and the modest. The globalists have global goals for the entire human race precisely because they’re arrogant. Everyone else has more modest goals – maybe just personal goals.  The more arrogant you become, the more you feel entitled to tell other people what to do. And the less arrogant you are, the more you’ll simply mind your own business, because you don’t think it’s your job to tell other people what to do.

Unfortunately, it always seems to be the arrogant people who end up in positions of power. And right now we have a surfeit of arrogance at the top of the medical profession and in climate science and above all in politics. And none of them have a clue what they’re talking about.

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7 Responses to Arrogance

    • beobrigitte says:

      In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority comes from the inability of low-ability people to recognize their lack of ability; without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their actual competence or incompetence.[1] On the other hand, people of high ability incorrectly assume that tasks that are easy for them are also easy for other people.[2]
      This would explain why politicians failed when it comes to the easiest task, avoiding a costly and dehumanising ban culture: Separate the smoking and non smoking areas in public spaces effectively. There have been great advances made in the field of ventilation/air cleaning technology so this should not be the problem. And no-one could say with a bitter, sarcastic tone in his/her voice: “We’re all equal”.
      On the other hand, people of high ability incorrectly assume that tasks that are easy for them are also easy for other people.
      *sigh*

  1. beobrigitte says:

    Perhaps the Deep State is just another bunch of arrogant people. I was writing about ex-CIA director John Brennan recently. In a tweet, he wrote:

    To allies & friends: Be patient, Mr Trump is a temporary aberration. The America you once knew will return.
    The America we once knew… What America does he mean? I do remember hearing stories about American soldiers being shocked to find a starving German population when they rolled into the country. And they handed out sweets to bewildered children and cigarettes and tobacco to the adults. This America or the recent pre-Trump America?

    Unfortunately, it always seems to be the arrogant people who end up in positions of power. And right now we have a surfeit of arrogance at the top of the medical profession and in climate science and above all in politics. And none of them have a clue what they’re talking about.
    The medical profession just tow the rope, the climate scientists need papers published and politicians have generally power only for 4 years and their “long-term” politics is decided for this time span. That suits the two others.
    Yes, they are all arrogant, but above all, they are selfish.

  2. Lepercolonist says:

    Ex-CIA director John Brennan voted for the communist Gus Hall for president. How the hell did he become CIA director ? He’s an arrogant prick.

  3. You are spot on Frank – https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/duncan-bannatyne-im-ashamed-to-call-373392 – His brother used the same word – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-gnXsdevhI – Anna Soubry displaying a mix of incompetence, arrogance and deceit on e-cigarettes in July 2013
    Maybe others can find more names, but they all have a trait which is nasty. https://www.badscience.net/2007/02/ms-gillian-mckeith-banned-from-calling-herself-a-doctor/comment-page-6/

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