Five defining characteristics of stupidity, it seems to me, are readily apparent.
- First is sheer ignorance: ignorance of critical facts about important events in the news, and ignorance of how our government functions and who’s in charge.
- Second is negligence: the disinclination to seek reliable sources of information about important news events.
- Third is wooden-headedness, as the historian Barbara Tuchman defined it: the inclination to believe what we want to believe, regardless of the facts.
- Fourth is shortsightedness: the support of public policies that are mutually exclusive, or contrary to the country’s long-term interests.
- Fifth, and finally, is a broad category I call bone-headedness, for want of a better word: the susceptibility to meaningless phrases, stereotypes, irrational biases, and simplistic diagnoses and solutions that play on our hopes and
==Just How Stupid Are We? (Rick Shenkman)
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