This is what happens when you give the intellectual elite power. This is what happens when people are told by everyone around them how brilliant they are. No matter how noble the aim, you get totalitarinism.
Even from Nobel Prize winning physicists. Or should I say, especially from Nobel Prize winning physicists. Obama's beloved Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, sneers at us commoners and puts forwards a diktat:
In a conference call with reporters, [Energy Secretary Steven] Chu said the more-efficient bulbs required would save consumers money over the life of the product, even if the up-front price is higher.
“We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money,” he said.
The concept of freedom is lost on Mr. Chu, apparently. So is the concept of morality.
An unemployed and under-employed America is now faced with the prospect of $20 light bulbs, gasoline that the media claims is "cheap" because it has dipped below $4/gallon, and astronomically inflated grocery prices due to Chu's policy of burning our food to create more expensive - but ideological correct - fuel.
We are reaching the point where Americans will soon have to choose between sitting in the dark, or feeding their family, for their will no longer be enough money for both.
This is where our intellectual elite has led us. To third-world status in barely three years.
Ayn Rand would not be surprised:
Socialism is not a movement of the people. It is a movement of the intellectuals, originated, led and controlled by the intellectuals, carried by them out of their stuffy ivory towers into those bloody fields of practice where they unite with their allies and executors: the thugs.
Chu fits Rand's analysis. He's willing to let American families starve and huddle in darkness rather than let them make choices he deems as "incorrect", or that dare defy his radical ideology.
And yet the Left reveres Steven Chu as a hero. They also are pretty defensive of the fellow below - another insane autocrat who forces darkness and starvation on his people based on ideology and a conviction that he is all-knowing.
Come to think of it, Chu has a lot in common with this guy: