"This thinking is reflected in the cult of the expert, perhaps best exemplified by Woodrow Wilson's exaltation of abstract academic theories over common sense and experience. Wilson often bemoaned what he considered the less-than-salutary restrictions placed on the implementation of the ideas of "experts." Democracy was so inconvenient. Why should the elite have to bother explaining themselves to those hick yokels, who are neither intelligent nor enlightened enough to understand the wisdom of their betters?" (Emphasis mine).
"Science is too important to be left to 'experts.' We are called upon to be critical thinkers, independent minds, and informed debaters, not merely with respect to AGW, but more generally." (And so is history as well as the the choice of textbooks).