We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
(19) Overreliance on authorities. We tend to rely heavily on authorities in our culture, especially if the authority is considered to be highly intelligent. Authorities, by virtue of their expertise in a field, may have a better chance of being right in that field, but correctness is certainly not guaranteed, and their expertise does not necessarily qualify them to draw conclusions in other areas.
and even this a naive view. authorities are always biased, in the mildest case, they're biased in favor of their own view. how often will an expert (or anyone else for that matter) back down and admit he or she erred? rare enough so that when it happens its newsworthy.
and in public policy debate, this is magnitudes worse. experts are always bought and paid for -- whores. take the debate over the Coming Ice Age, forecast by experts to have chilled the planet. the global coolists have their whores to pontificate and the rest of us have ours to counter them.
consider gun grabbery. the grabbists have the brady bunch, we have the NRA.
fortunately, we don't allow experts to make the final decision on policy, otherwise, experts in the science of eugenics would prevail and millions of lebensunwertes leben would be killed every year.