Protesting stay-at-home and the death of expertise

unwise protestors

In the very week we’re reading Nichols’ Death of Expertise, the protests against social distancing and stay at home orders are surely the most worrisome challenge to the authority of relevant experts just now. I assumed such protests would peter out quickly, as participants came to recognize how unwise they looked on TV and in the eyes of even otherwise similarly anti-intellectual Americans, but it seems such protests are multiplying. It’s starting to feel like a Kurt Vonnegut novel around here. See this story at ABC: “Protests against Coronavirus ‘Stay-at-Home’ Orders Spread Across the Country.”