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        Democracy and the Intelligence of Masses

        October 2nd, 2008 by Alexei Zoubov

        As democracy is perfected, the office [of the President] represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” (H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920)

        We definitely managed to achieve this amazing result, predicted by Mencken almost a hundred years ago, by electing George W. Bush – and not once, but TWICE!

        The following is also often sited as said by Mencken:

        Nobody’s ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

        He never wrote this anywhere, his closest comment on record was:

        No one in this world… has ever lost money¬†underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. (Chicago Tribune, 1926)

        So, Americans shouldn’t get pissed off at him, his observation was global.

        Something somehow related: In Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., created a new religion, Bokononism. Here is the Fourteenth Book of Bokonon:

        Title: What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?

        Only verse: Nothing. 

        Positive thinking, anybody?

        Posted in Ideas & Ideologies, Thoughts