Are They Glad You're Stupid?
(or ignorant, or thoughtless, or dense, or mindless, or
under informed, or unaware, or lazy, or gullible, or...but you
get the point)
Yeah, yeah, we know...You're not stupid (or any of those other
things). So the question doesn't pertain to you.
Okay, but have you ever wondered it there's anyone who might
think you, or likeminded folks, are stupid (whether you are, or
not) and be GLAD???!!!
In other words, it also might be worthwhile to consider WHO
might think you're stupid.
And you know what, if you haven't thought all of this, it might
be time to do so.
okay, before we proceed, we'll agree that what we have to say
here can be labeled mostly opinion. Still, we've based it
on some logical reasoning. We don't know of any factual
research that verifies our notions, but we think they make sense
and are pretty self-evident. You be the judge.
SO WHAT IF THEY'RE GLAD? YOU ASK
We don't think it matters all
that much whether someone thinks someone else is stupid.
We think what matter is whether they are glad someone else is
stupid (whether they are, or not, in fact, stupid).
Chances are, if
they're NOT happy, they won't be taking advantage of it.
They'll berate you for it, hoping somehow you can get smarter.
Simple as that.
But if they ARE
happy, well if you smart enough, you know what that means.
Chances are, they'll be hoping to take advantage of it.
Maybe even create or increase it. They will:
1. NEVER, EVER call you
stupid. No, indeed, they'll encourage you to think that
2. Frequently tell you that
you're stupid, so you won't listen to them.
3. Speak in simplified
generalities and discourage any attempts to recognize and deal
with the more complex matters. (Remember, for all complex
problems there are simple, easy to understand wrong answers.)
(for those who would like further elucidation, in spite of the
fact that there may be those who would rather you didn't):
We bring this up, because
we've noticed that this matter has been of some concern for some
members of our society. It has led folks to saying things
think you're stupid," or "They think we're stupid."
a couple of typical statements we've seen. Been brought up by lot's of
folks, especially those on the right side of the political
spectrum, folks like Herman Cain, Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck.
They keep countering statements by others at the other end of
the political spectrum as implied assertions
of stupidity--as in "They must think we're stupid if they think
we're gonna believe that!"
All of which might very well lead to the question:
Do they think you/we
Guess what, we're not
even a smidge
concerned with that question. Individuals either are, or
not stupid, and they either know it, or they don't, and besides,
who knows whether
they even care
in the first place. So we don't want to think about it,
consider it, talk about it, write about it...at least not right
What we'd rather
do is... .
...deal with the question: ARE THEY GLAD YOU'RE STUPID? (or, to
depersonalize it a little: ARE THEY GLAD THERE ARE STUPID
So...speaking of reality, we think this is
the REAL question, a
REALLY BIG REAL
QUESTION. Maybe you do, too.
And there's another
question that goes along with it. Are there people who are
NOT glad, who are in fact unhappy that about this stupidity? Someone just might
think you're stupid, but is that person GLAD about it, or NOT
about it? We figure it makes a difference. A
[And we think just
maybe some folks haven't thought about this and that's why we
brought it up here.]
Okay, then, let's
start with GLAD. Why would someone be happy about someone
else being stupid? What do you think?
Here's what we think.
We think that person would be happy, because somehow the other
person's stupidity could be exploited. They would hope to
take advantage of it. That's what we think.
Okay, now let's look
at the other side of the coin. Let's look at NOT GLAD.
Why would someone be
unhappy about someone else being stupid? What do you
Here's what we
think. We think that that person would be unhappy, because
somehow the other person's
stupidity has bad consequences, perhaps it even creates jeopardy for
others, especially if it is being exploited by
HOW TO TELL THE
THOSE WHO ARE
GLAD AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT GLAD
You probably figured this out
on your own, but just in case, we want to mention the major
difference between those who are glad and those who are not
People who think you're
stupid and are glad about it will never, NEVER, NEVER,
EVER tell you that you're stupid, or accuse you of being stupid,
or rant about your stupidity, or pound you over the head about
your stupidity, or...but you get the point. THEY WANT YOU
TO STAY STUPID. THEY ARE COUNTING ON THAT. Not for a
moment would they want you to think you're stupid. They
would rather you never even thought about it. On the
contrary, they want stupid people to think they are smart.
On the other hand, People who
think you're stupid and are NOT glad about it will tell you.
More often than you'd like to hear. They want you to recognize
your stupidity. In the end, they want you to stop being
Do liberals think
conservatives are stupid? Let's return to something we
sort of brought up at the top of this page, when we mentioned
folks like Herman Cain, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives who think
liberals, or progressives think they're stupid.
they do (and actually there's evidence online that many do), we once again skip over that question and move to what
we think is the REAL question, the one that matters most:
Are these liberals,
the ones who say conservatives are
stupid, glad, or not glad
about this purported stupidity?
We can leave it to you to decide.
But if you ask us, we think they are...
Quite Unhappy, Chewing Nails over it: From our perspective and despite the
claims of the likes of Cain, Beck and Limbaugh, we don't see liberals finding
any advantage in stupidity in conservatives. It seems to
us that those liberals who deride conservatives for being stupid are not
expecting that stupidity to work in their favor. No, they look
pretty unhappy about it.
In fact, they appear to want them
to get smarter, to be more knowledgeable, more able to reason, less
driven by immature emotionality.
They find stupidity on the
part of conservative to be highly destructive in our world.
That's why they point it out. Over and over again.
Yeah, for the most part, telling others that they are stupid probably doesn't do that
much good. It probably just arises from frustration and a need to vent. A better strategy is probably one of trying
to focus on reality and reasoning and what that reveals to all of us (Ahem, our goal for this web site).
Okay, and do some conservatives say that liberals are stupid,
and if, are they glad, or not glad about this purported stupidity?
Again, we can leave it to you to decide.
But if you ask us, we think they are...
...Not Glad, Quite Unhappy, Chewing Nails over it: From our perspective,
they are downright angry. In fact, if anything, they are very angry. Among other things, they
think that it's stupid to call conservatives stupid. Plus, they accuse liberals of being stupid
about the various things
they espouse. Unfortunately, we were not able to find any online accusations of stupidity on the part of liberals that
spelled out what intellectual failing was present in the liberal agenda. Mostly, all we saw was statement that it is
stupid, as if the stupidity is mostly self-evident, that it
doesn't need to be validated with concrete evidence.
So while we're at
it, is ONE group more stupid than the other?
We dunno. Actually, we don't care all that much. But
we thought you might like to see someone who has thought about
To read an article about assessing intelligence of
liberals and conservatives
What sort of groups,
or individuals find the stupidity of others advantageous?
Mostly, we think it's
those who are power seeking, or greedy, or arrogant, or some
combination of all three, plus maybe something else (which we
haven't though of yet). Here are a few
examples (we hope you can think of more):
1. Rich folks: We don't assume this
applies to ALL wealthy people. But we do think there are
quite a few wealthy individuals who want you to think it's wrong to
"redistribute wealth" by making their tax rates higher than
yours. They know that there has been years of "wealth
redistribution" that has made them richer, while keeping you at
the same level, or maybe even poorer. They are glad there
are individuals who are stupid enough to not know that
redistribution of wealth is an inherent part of capitalism, the
very thing that drives competition (they're competing for the
wealth, so they want to take it away from others, i.e.,
redistribute it out of less wealthy folks pockets and into their pockets).
Maybe, just maybe, George
Carlin got it right when he talked about big wealthy business
They don’t want a
population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t
want well informed, well educated people capable of critical
thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help
them. That's against their interests.
That's right. They don’t
want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table
and think about how badly they’re getting f---ed by a system
that threw them overboard 30 f---ing years ago. They don’t want
You know what they want?
They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are
just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And
just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly
sh---y jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced
benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that
disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re
coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement
money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal
friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it.
They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this
f---ing place! Its a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I,
are not in the big club.
a video in which Carlin makes the above statements.
despoilers: Those want to continue doing things that mess up
our environment, usually in order earn money (sort of like no. 1
above). This would include oil companies that want you to
continue denying the possible contribution to climate change
created by the burning of fossil fuels. Or the tobacco
industry that wants you to ignore the extent smoking leads to
Folks who make money pandering to the stupidity of others.
Here we get back to Herman Cain, Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck.
Add to this all the folks who make good salaries working for Fox
News. Oh, and include Ann Coulter to the mix.
Okay, Okay, so maybe not all of them are that avaricious, or
egoistic, in which case, they're probably just stupid, and
probably being taken advantage of by others, who are glad
Quick Note: Before
anyone gets there dander up about our choice of panderers,
perhaps wanting to draw attention to pandering amongst liberals,
let us point out that the above concerns pandering to stupidity,
in this case amongst conservatives. It is equally possible
that there are people who pander to intelligence. Of
course, that's a somewhat different matter (sort of like the
difference between pandering to criminals and pandering to
law-abiding folks--you know that one has more dire consequences
than the other).
4. Politicians: In
their quest for support and getting elected, they may well
benefit from a stupid electorate (remember, roughly half the
population is at, or below average in intelligence). So,
for example, they might tell those against socialism that social
welfare is the same as socialism, when they are not evenly
slightly similar, in order to win an election against a
candidate who supports social welfare. Some might
reasonably maintain these politicians are panderers and belong
under No. 3 above. We would agree but wanted to give them
some separate attention in order to elaborate on their form of
course, there is another aspect to this. Maybe they don't
think you're stupid and are glad, but maybe they HOPE you're
stupid and will be delighted if it turns out you are. In
fact, some might want you to take a "stupid" pill:
go to the brief introduction to thinking and feeling
go to the Articles Page.