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Politics Blog: Scientists say America is too dumb for democracy to thrive
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Mar 09 2012 at 9:29 am | Posted By: Mike Moffitt

Posted on 03/09/2012 7:38:01 PM PST by thecodont

The United States may be a republic, but it’s democracy that Americans cherish. After all, that’s 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 decade’s 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 people’s ideas,” according to a report by Life’s Little Mysteries on the blog LiveScience.

“Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,” Dunning told Life’s Little Mysteries.

What’s worse is that with incompetence comes the illusion of superiority.

Let’s 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.

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To: thecodont

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.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 11:50:34 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.
And it’s folks like this writer that elected the most incompetent leader in the nation’s history.

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.

22 posted on 03/10/2012 3:25:30 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb; Some Fat Guy in L.A.
A combination of stupidity and greed account for a lot of it.

Good summary. I'd add laziness to the list and it would be complete.

23 posted on 03/10/2012 9:14:02 AM PST by thecodont
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