Skip to comments.Politics Blog: Scientists say America is too dumb for democracy to thrive
Posted on 03/09/2012 7:38:01 PM PST by thecodont
The United States may be a republic, but its democracy that Americans cherish. After all, thats why we got into Iraq, right? To take out a dictator and spread democracy.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people. One person, one vote. We are an egalitarian society that treasures the mandate of its citizenry.
But more than a decades worth research suggests that the citizenry is too dumb to pick the best leaders.
They know what's best for the country.
Work by Cornell University psychologist David Dunning and then-colleague Justin Kruger found that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those peoples ideas, according to a report by Lifes Little Mysteries on the blog LiveScience.
Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people dont have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is, Dunning told Lifes Little Mysteries.
Whats worse is that with incompetence comes the illusion of superiority.
Lets say a politician comes up with an ingenious plan that would ensure universal health care while decreasing health care costs.
According to Dunning-Kruger, no matter how much information is provided, the unsophisticated would 1) be incapable of recognizing the wisdom of such a plan; 2) assume they know better; and 3) have no idea of the extent of their inadequacy.
In other words, stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...
Looking at the source it is easy to guess who they think is too stupid toknow what’s good for them
And it’s folks like this writer that elected the most incompetent leader in the nation’s history.
This has long been the opinion of progressives. There is nothing democratic in the cries to disenfranchise the Tea Party.
How do they get through doors with heads that big?
“Lets say a politician comes up with an ingenious plan that would ensure universal health care while decreasing health care costs”
And just who are these stupid people? Anyone want to bet the authors would consider conservatives to be the stupid ones?
San Francisco Chronicle, Cornell, livescience.com.
eyeroll, eyeroll, eyeroll.
If the 2008 election is an indicator, I'd have to agree with them.
They may be right
I have been trying to talk to some actual socialists lately- the brainwashing is incredible
A democracy with universal suffrage has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel and the founders were well aware of it.
America isn't failing by design, it is failing because the design has been thwarted.
He’s right! After all 54% voted for 0bama.
The author is right.
After all, this once great nation elected a communist sympathizer raised in a Muslim country. No one in their right mind 10 years ago would have thought that America could even think of electing a COC with a name like Barack Hussein Obama after 9/11.
[ And its folks like this writer that elected the most incompetent leader in the nations history. ]
I believe we (FR-thinkers) are outnumbered. 08 is proof.
If BS gets re-elected America’s toast.
These clowns and there ilk can state Marxist ideology in their own words and that makes them intellectuals and qualified for high-level government positions.
They are still spoiled brats. In most cases.
Take Dr. Thomas Sowell's description of how intelligence is often recognized early, the child is treated special, given breaks, great education, inside track to great opportunities -- the works. Spoiled brats. (My words)
Take former Secret Service agent Dan Emmett's book Within Armss Length. He writes of during the course of his duties to protect the Clintons and staff "patient attempts to reason were met with childlike emotion born of a past where no one in authority--probably beginning with her parents--had ever said no to [the staffer] about anything.
Pretty intelligent, recognized early, good schools, the left ideology, spoiled brat.
And how about the book "Unlimited Access : An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House" by Gary Aldrich. I will always remember how potential Clinton staffers responded to loyalty clearance questions: "I am totally loyal to the Clintons!" The spoiled brats just don't get it.
Author is a dumbass. America was never meant to be a thriving democracy. It was meant to be a consitutional republic.
Further, Americans are smart enough to support a Republic. It is not raw stupidity that dooms us. Our government only works with a moral and informed electorate. The electorate by and large has sunk badly from the high morals we used to have, from embracing abortion to thinking bastard children with no fathers is a good thing.
It is not stupidity, but lack of morals and ignorance that is causing the electorate to be duped time and again.
And then there are those who vote for whoever promises them the most. Since these are now 51% of voters and pay no Federal income taxes whatsoever, we are doomed.
Low morals, ignorance and greed are dooming us. Not stupidity. Democracies don’t work. Our republic worked for a long time, then we abandoned God.
Actually an ingenious way to make the point.
A combination of stupidity and greed account for a lot of it. They're too stupid to figure out that working will give them a better life than the welfare system and too greedy to let others keep what they earn.
Good summary. I'd add laziness to the list and it would be complete.