Why does “Social Engineering” have such a negative connotation?

Why does “Social Engineering” have such a negative connotation?

Not to get into politics here, but being an engineer who wishes there were more fact-based, problem-solving approaches in our government as opposed to these "feeling" based approaches where people in politics basically ignore facts and use pathos and ethos to do what they "feel" is right, why does the idea of "engineering a better society" seem to have such a negative connotation?

I even spent some time on google researching about this and I came across the phrase "Social Engineering" which appears to have a negative connotation because it implies taking away freewill in exchange for developing a utilitarian society that is run on facts instead of freewill.

Of course, I know we all have our own individual views so hopefully this won't turn into a heated debate, but I am curious to see what people in the engineering community think about this.

Submitted August 06, 2017 at 03:09PM by ibob430
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Why does “Social Engineering” have such a negative connotation?

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