Dustin McKissen geeft een alternatieve, plausibel klinkende, verklaring voor het groeiende wantrouwen richting experts. Hij verklaart deze neergang o.a. met de teloorgang van de glasproducent Anchor Hocking:
The story of Anchor Hocking illustrates one big reason why. Beginning with Carl Icahn, a philosophy graduate of Princeton with no background in glass manufacturing, a three-decades-long series of management “experts” and financiers walked in and out of a profitable company, loading Anchor Hocking with debt, reducing worker pay and benefits, and paying large fees to CEOs, consultants, and board members who almost never had industry experience.
Of de mismatch tussen waarde en winst van Snapchat:
That lack of trust in experts is further intensified when workers and communities see these same experts explain how Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel is worth almost $5 billion, despite starting a company that loses half a billion dollars a year.
Met als conclusie:
There are a lot of reasons why experts are trusted less, but MBAs who swear the only way to save a profitable company is by loading it up with backbreaking debt, and economists who dismiss the human impact of trade, could be among the guilty parties.
And, if you can’t trust experts on issues that touch your day-to-day life, it becomes much harder to trust experts on more abstract issues like climate change.