From page 291 of Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society (emphasis added):
…the intellectuals’ vision of the world — as it is and as it should be — remains the dominant vision. Not since the days of the divine rights of kings has there been such a presumption of a right to direct others and constrain their decisions, largely through expanded powers of government.
Everything from economic central planning to environmentalism epitomizes the belief that third parties know best and should be empowered to override the decisions of others. This includes preventing children from growing up with the values taught them by their parents if more “advanced” values are preferred by those who teach in the schools and colleges.
An effective technique is to call someone out on such presumptuousness. Often times, they are blind to the fact that their desired solutions assume a presumption of a right to have a say in what’s best for others and exposing it makes them think about it.
They instinctively hide those presumptions in lingo like, “I’m not going to just sit around and let [whatever group of people] suffer through no fault of their own because [such and such] happened. ”
A good response might be something like: “You don’t have to sit around. You are free to use the resources at your disposal to help [whatever group of people]. Nobody is stopping you. I might even help you. But, what I think you are really saying is that you would like to force everyone through government to do what you want them to do, to support a cause you happen to think is worthy. What gives you the right to impose your desires on others? What happens when someone else wants to force you to do something they think is worthy, but you might not?”