This complete contradiction between what Gates knows to be true in his personal affairs, and the nonsense that he pays to promulgate in public, is never held against him (or against anybody else). Instead, lying in public is now considered the mark of a good person. The bad people are the ones like Charles Murray who carefully document what everyone else silently knows already.
Surely our elites can't be as naive as they let on. They must know that the average person can't become proficient in academic subjects if proficient is defined in a way that matches the intuitive definition. The question then becomes, if they indeed know the truth, what are their real goals?