WELL, THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT ELECTED OBAMA TWICE, SO THAT’S A FAIR QUESTION: Are We Smart Enough For Democracy? “Like the antidemocrats going back to ancient Athens, Wilson’s ideas reflected contempt for the people who lack this specialized knowledge and so cannot be trusted with the power to run their own lives. Today’s progressives, as Jonathan Gruber’s remarks show, share the same distrust of the masses and the preference for what French political philosopher Chantal Delsol calls ‘techno-politics,’ rule by technocrats.”