Explaining the relationship between the stupid vote producing stupid democracies and why the stupid vote stupid. A humorous look at why democracies vote stupid.
"The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill.
"If it's a Yes, we will say ' on we go', and if it's a No we will say 'we continue.'" - Jean-Claude Juncker. French EU referendum.
How the stupid vote produces stupid democracies
We separate and divide society constantly; whether it’s grading and streaming in schools, a political left and right, or the poor and rich, yet to do this requires the concept of an average. Using IQ as an example, we could divide a population between the clever and the stupid, using an agreed on number. That means half a population can now be classified as stupid.
The term, 'Common sense' also becomes a fallacy, as it is not common as the term suggests and often doesn’t make sense, but applies only to those above the average, which is why it is not commonly understood by the stupid, but leads them to believe that their definition of sense is common to all, producing a continuing stupid vote.
If we apply democratic voting, it means that half the population will be too stupid to understand what they’re voting for, but are needed to vote in the clever. However, the clever also know this and so clever politicians dumb down their rhetoric to appeal to the stupid vote using small sound bites run through the media; such as in the US, "I’m going to build a wall and Mexico will pay for it", or the EU, "Diversity is our strength." These terms are specifically designed for the stupid, who wouldn’t understand a Political Manifesto unless it contained video game reviews, or was endorsed by their peers on Facebook.
Supporting the clever are a majority of the clever themselves, which is why the stupid vote becomes a majority choice in democracies, but conversely, why you never get a minority of poor stupid politicians leading them.
No one ever got elected telling the clever to be equal to the stupid, but become electable telling the voting stupid they can be equal to the clever. That this never happens is lost on the stupid because they’re too stupid to realize it never happens, but nevertheless, it sounds clever and doesn’t everyone want to be clever?
When gullibility met stupidity
Controlling a stupid majority is also easier for a clever minority and so the more reliance on drugs, the dumbing down of education, political hero worship and twitter tweets; the more employment it produces for the clever. Charities, drug rehab' centers and social work departments all benefit from stupid voting by the minority clever.
Additionally, the votes of the stupid majority increase as they reproduce themselves and provide new stupid offspring. With their democratic obligation of 'mobocracy' completed, the first US prize is a tax payer funded Obama phone, followed by a tax payer funded tax cut and the Europeans get a self-described leadership of "Democratic deficient" autocracy.
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive." - Donald Trump, twitter, 6 Nov 2012.
Bonding with the stupid in an age of stupidity
Democracies produce consumer laws which protect the stupid with warnings that packets of peanuts may contain … Nuts. Health and Safety regulations warn the stupid that a floor is slippery when wet and provide the stupid with mass-welfare that would make Marx green with envy. Moreover, it’s what enables political demagogues to intentionally sound stupid, yet become electable in stupid democracies ruled by a clever kleptocracy, producing an idiocracy with a majority equal to the proportion of stupid comments they make. It’s why democracies vote stupid.
"You feel like sort of stupid, don’t you? Don’t you feel stupid?" Donald Trump, 2016.
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