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The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of… (edition 2014)

by William Easterly (Author)

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Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with "benevolent autocrats," leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor.… (more)
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Title:The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor
Authors:William Easterly (Author)
Info:Basic Books (2014), Edition: 1, 416 pages
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The book is superficial in that it repeatedly and uncritically lumps together technocrats, experts, authoritarians and dictators as tyrants. Read David Broodman's review to see what I mean. But it also has good parts. Hayek is a hero of Easterly's and the beginning is a good intro to Hayek's ideas about knowledge. Rights before economic development is a pet cause, and something too few talk about. (Well-meaning) racism was a crucial element in the development of authoriatarian development ideas - the powerful (colonialists, Chinese leadership, or others) had to lead for the benefit of those who were lead. Another interesting history part is about research on the role of social and civic capital in the development of in particular Italian city states. Chapters 8-9 on migration are very sensible. Recommended, and do consider his critical words seriously, but ignore the unsubstantive and unnuanced ones. ( )
  ohernaes | Nov 12, 2014 |
For Jeffrey Sachs or Bill Gates, technocratic solutions [to global poverty] have not failed. To the contrary, in their view, despite many setbacks, on balance they have been succeeding brilliantly and will likely be even more successful in the future. Unsurprisingly, given Gates’s influence, in this they partly mirror the techno-utopian views that are so commonplace in Silicon Valley and the rest of the high-tech world and, at least arguably, some of its autocratic character as well. It is in this setting that Easterly’s passionate, brilliant, but also wildly over-the-top dissent from the reigning consensus needs to be understood.
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Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with "benevolent autocrats," leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor.

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