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In a detailed analysis of the rise of the professional class in the United States, Jethro K. Lieberman describes how we have turned over to others the power to make many of our most important decisions — from the governmental to the personal. Far from shunning such responsibilities, these modern-day guilds have vigorously sought to establish themselves as untrammeled arbiters in a host of activities. Lieberman explores the subtle ways in which licensing, self-regulation, elaborate codes of ethics, and even the educational system provide the professional with not only a good image but high profits and a shield from public scrutiny and interference.
Lieberman, Jethro K., "The Tyranny of the Experts: How the Professionals and Specialists are Closing the Open Society (1970)" (1970). Books. 102.