Many commenters have argued that we are better off without smart people in government because smart people will create unnecessary laws that interfere with economic growth, etc.
And then there is an often repeated quote by William F. Buckley, Jr saying he wouldn’t want the faculty of Harvard to be governing the country. But he didn’t mean that stupid people should be running things, only that the faculty of Harvard is made up of the wrong kind of smart people.
Despite this popular sentiment that the common man has libertarian common sense, and if only he here were in charge he’d get the government off the backs of the people, this sentiment is wrong and not backed up by scientific research.
In a previous blog post, I analyzed data from the General Social Survey, and discovered that smarter people are more libertarian on all issues, both economic and social.
It’s the less intelligent people who are more easily swayed by the notion that if there’s a problem, than something needs to be done about it. The idea that nothing needs to be done about a problem is a more abstract idea which requires higher intelligence.
It’s also true that a lot of smart people in this country have fallen under the sway of post-Christian Mother Nature worship, demonstrating that illogical thought and the need to believe in something religious is inherent in the human brain. The post-Christian Mother Nature wosrhip religion is closely tied with the political left and the Democratic Party. So this has caused some conservatives to be fooled by this idea that smart person necessarily means anti-libertarian person, but that’s not true.
In the long run, I guarantee that surrending the Republican Party to regular people (the ones who cling to their guns and Christian religion) is not going to lead to smaller and more libertarian government.