Members of the establishment always believe they know they best and that their experience, their knowledge and their position give them the right to make decisions and to rule.
That is why they are known as the establishment.
The Oxford Dictionary of English definition of ‘the establishment’ is ‘a group in society exercising power and influence over matters of policy, opinion, or taste and seen as resisting change’.
It is those words `resisting change’ which are the most significant. Anyone who questions the establishment must, by definition be ignored and if they persist and seem likely to become a nuisance they must be crushed, suppressed, vilified and ostracised.
The praetorian guard for the establishment consists of ‘the experts’.
We are constantly being encouraged to put our faith in experts. But there is plenty of evidence to show that experts (particularly those who are employed, accepted and promoted by the establishment) aren’t always terribly reliable. Indeed, a little research shows that they are unreliable. They tend to hide behind jargon which they use to disguise their ignorance and to convince non-experts that they know more than they do.
In the first part of my new book Medical Heretics I show how and why we should retain a modicum of scepticism when experts tell us things – particularly when those experts are part of the establishment.
In the second part of the book I explain how uncomfortable truths have always attracted abuse, ridicule and persecution and how those who dare to speak out against the establishment have always been regarded as dangerous heretics.
The iconoclast has never been a welcome figure in any age. Original thinkers, daring to question the establishment, are still being demonised, `de-platformed’ and cancelled by a modern culture which may appear to offer more freedom than ever but which is just as constrained, as restrictive and as destructive as anything in history.
The truth is not always agreeable, acceptable or convenient to those in charge. Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, was dismissed by his political masters and his books were burned. Those who didn’t burn his books within 30 days were branded and condemned to forced labour.