A fascinating article today by Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post teaches us about the folly of building policy on data and statistics and suggests, instead, that policy be based on wishful thinking and psychic powers.
Writing about Donald Trump’s position on the ‘profiling’ of groups in the fight against terrorism Eugene Robinson tell us that Trump is considering the ‘toxic’ idea of profiling Muslims.
‘Profiling’ is the practice of using data and pattern-recognition to judge the relative likelihood that individuals might be engaging in criminal activities.
The Washington Post suggests that Trump’s idea of profiling is based on a flawed notion of Islam. Eugene Robinson, as one of the world’s foremost Islamic scholars, informs us:
“Despicable acts of terrorism have been committed by groups and individuals who believe in a warped view of Islam”
Those acts of terrorism were, we are left to conclude, informed by an interpretation of the Koran by Muslims who have a far worse grasp of Islam than Eugene Robinson. Indeed, Eugene Robinson goes on to support his claims by use of the psychic powers native to all liberal commentators, telling us that only The Washington Post’s interpretation of Islam is followed by the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. The ‘warped’ versions of Islam put forward by other scholars are “rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, including the more than 3 million who live in the United States.”
With this Eugene Robinson convincingly closes the case: psychic powers and wishful thinking are indeed superior to data and statistics. Data and statistics only tell us completely useless things like the terrorism quotient of the Muslim population. Which could not possibly be used to inform policy.