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Michael Sandel: We need to contest everything—including the experts

Harvard’s celebrated political philosopher weighs in on Brexit, the state of economics and the value of arguing everything over

By Tom Clark  

You might have thought you could rely on a Harvard professor to despair at the “had enough of experts” mood of today’s politics.

But Michael Sandel—philosopher, author and a celebrated convenor of challenging debates—is careful not to dismiss the sentiment too quickly. “I think the political animus behind the mistrust of experts is that, under cover of expert technocratic knowledge, decisions are being made that are smuggling in values without allowing the public to debate those values.”

Of course, Sandel explains, one doesn’t want to…

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