I would rather have second-rate politicians who know they are duffers than ones who believe they are brilliant.
I am sympathetic with this statement but for a reason that Dillow does not mention. No one is smart enough to try to manage certain complex systems, like the economy. They don't have the information or the ability to set prices, fix (or even correctly identify) "market failures, assess the preferences of 300 million individuals, or any of the other things politicians try to do -- no matter how freaking brilliant they are. Really smart people in politics (or people who think they are really smart) also have a tendency to want to substitute, by force, their judgement and decision-making for my own.