“People who are very aware that they have more knowledge than the average person are often very unaware that they do not have one-tenth of the knowledge of all of the average persons put together. In this situation, for the intelligentsia to impose their notions on ordinary people is essentially to impose ignorance on knowledge.” –Dr. Thomas Sowell
Much as I respect Dr. Sowell, this is hooey. Simply because some member of a mob posseses knowledge not held by all the members doesn’t make it any less a mob, nor any less dangerous.
If Einstein participated in a lynch mob, it would still be a lynch mob.