There are good sociological and systems theoretical grounds, which make it understandable that the so-called stupid people and the politicians they vote for, the populists, are now more often right than highly educated regents.
The less educated turned out not to be stupid
The euro crisis did not come out of the blue. The signs had been discernible for decades to the good listener. This also applies to other major social problems, such as the energy crisis, the environmental crisis and the problems with Muslim immigrants. Geert Wilders, for example, already warned in 2010 that the support that CDA minister of finance Cees de Jager gave to the Greeks, which has now risen to 21 billion euros, would not return. The SP, a party that, just like Wilders' one-man party, is often dismissed as populist, warned in the early 1970s against the major integration problems posed by Islamic immigrants and later, against the introduction of the euro. Although an active environmental movement existed in the 1970s, mainly supported by highly educated people, in the 1980s the great grabbing started, also by mainly highly educated people. The expansion of the economy also started with all kinds of, we can now determine, unnecessary jobs as a policy officer, safety expert or health manager. It was again the less educated who denounced this development and came up with pithy words such as 'expertologists' and 'gog' for it.
Highly educated people usually, not always as Mensa bus drivers prove, have a higher IQ than people with a low level of education. They also have a broader view and much more knowledge than a less educated person. How is it then that, in hindsight, especially highly educated people supported disastrous policies? How does the thinking differ from the highly educated and the less educated?
"Intellectual: someone with more education than his brain can handle"
Differences in thinking between high and low educated people
A highly educated person has spent years in a protected environment, called school or university, in which he or she is shielded from the harsh reality of everyday life. In this environment, the highly educated-to-be learns useful things, at least: from beta studies and a handful of alpha and gamma studies. However, most of her time (in humanities and gamma studies: almost all the time) (since more than half of all highly educated people are now women, the title seems justified), however, she learns the jargon and paradigms used in this sector. be predominant. This process of acculturation also includes learning ego-suppressing, veiled behavior, reading so-called quality newspapers such as de Volkskrant (also known among low-educated people as the Vinegar), NRC Handelsblad and the like. Abstract thinking is encouraged, inductive thinking, what man naturally does is unlearned. Skills in which the less educated is often strong, such as tough negotiating and demanding butter from the fish, are also unlearned as “uncivilized”. Only the smarter highly educated can get by with insight. The stupid, highly educated people limit themselves to talking and acculturation. The somewhat unworldly highly educated person is thus prepared for a job at a large multinational or the government, where contrary thinking is not appreciated.
Tube vision and unworldliness
The consequences can be guessed. The highly educated looks a bit down at the less educated, who only believes what he sees with his eyes and does not care about the "nice gossip stories" of the higher educated. The highly educated is guided by so-called higher ideals, which must of course be matched by an appropriate reward. Years of training have meant that the highly educated can only communicate “at level” with other highly educated people, ie speak the jargon. A higher educated person is taught not to be too critical of the teaching material, otherwise they will fail. After the study, the curriculum usually consists of the same “quality newspapers” and VARA programs as during the study. The world is interpreted according to the learned norms and values. Highly educated people think in words, not images. That is why highly educated people are easy to fool with beautiful idealistic talk. The Greeks, for example, are masters at this. While the highly educated Jan Kees de Jager, who during his training learned to think abstractly and to suppress his ego, coughed up billions, he readily believed in the moving promises of his Greek conversation partners. On the other hand, a low-educated person knows better than to lend billions to a “vague country” like Greece. The Finns, with a government that feels the hot breath of a populist party on its neck, are therefore the only ones to get their money back: they demanded collateral. 21 billion euro mistake, thank you.
Today's world better by understanding a low-educated person
The past thirty years have been a paradise for the highly educated. The system that makes up our society became increasingly complex and abstract. There was not only work for PE teachers and sports teachers, but also for municipal sports policy officers and regional sports affairs coordinators. This is all a bit over the top for a less educated person, he does not understand the point. You can also just kick a ball on the square, right? There is some (infinitesimal small) usefulness, but only for a society in which the energy is really roaring out of the ground. Now that the era of cheap oil is over and Slochteren is fueled by three-quarters, almost empty, which has been known for years by highly trained technicians, we can no longer afford these kinds of jobs. The marginal utility is too small to justify the generous salary scales (if these were ever justified at all). Society as a system is becoming simpler and simpler. In short: more in line with the world view of and low-educated. And the highly educated? If they have treated their low-educated neighbors kindly, they will probably want to give hands-on bricklaying or gardening lessons.
How do we prevent these kinds of disasters in the future?
Highly educated people must learn to think critically. Not thinking critically with words, but by opening their eyes and ears and thinking inductively. There are some rock-solid laws of nature such as the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics (although an intellectual earthquake occurs here every so many decades). The rest varies from slightly soft to buttery soft. Some appropriate modesty is therefore not out of place for highly educated people (I am one too). Low educated people respect professional knowledge, results and wisdom. Tinkerers and chunky pilots can get lost with all their fine talk. A very sensible position, which could not hurt even in the world of highly educated people, who approach each other with velvet gloves.