28 June 2012

People Are Stupid

It’s obvious to me now why libertarianism is doomed to failure: most people are idiots. Quite simply, the vast majority of people are completely stupid—possibly borderline retarded—and should not be allowed to make decisions for themselves as said decisions will inevitably be wrong and impose significant social costs on the rest of us.

More to the point, it seems obvious now that we must have a state if for no other reason than to ensure that people make the right decisions about everything. Given the current rate of obesity, it seems clear that we need government to tell people how to eat in order to make sure that they don’t grow fat and impose significant costs on the rest of us. Also, given the generally far-reaching effects of sexual promiscuity, it seems equally clear that the government needs to be in our collective bedroom, telling us with whom, how often, and under what conditions people may engage in sex. We are obviously too stupid to make good decisions for ourselves, and we need the government to step in and tell us what to do and how to think.

We are quite obviously going down the path of Idiocracy, and the only way to prevent this is through massive government intervention. Only the government is able to prevent massive stupidity from happening because only the government has coercive and is selflessly paternalistic in its concern for citizens. We need the government to prevent people from making mistakes and, more importantly, to reduce the consequences that come with those mistakes.

People are stupid; they should be ruled.

10 comments:

  1. I cannot tell if that's satire...

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  2. It HAS to be satire. There are enough strawmen in that post to form a straw army.

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  3. For the sake of argument, I will take the post seriously.

    The chief fallacy in the argument is the failure to realize that the government will be comprised of the same stupid people as the populace at large. The only difference being that the government idiots will have the power to impose their nonsense on everyone.

    Nouveau Fascist Bloomberg is a good example of government stupidity.

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  4. It has to be satire. It's too good of subtle satire to not be satire. I really had a tough time telling but the "selflessly paternalistic" part coming from this blog really pushes me in that direction. I have seen this exact same argument before that wasn't satire but it would be posted at feministing, pandagon, or some other pathetic progressive site.

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  5. People are stupid; they should be ruled

    Indeed they should... just not in the way USG and Bloomberg are going about it.

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  6. But if the government is composed of stupid people that only leaves benign alien overlords. . . The true failing of libertarianism? Not seeing the need for benign alien overlords.

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  7. @anon.- It's satire. Or at least an attempt at it.

    @greenlander- Most of the arguments made in this post are the logical conclusions of arguments advanced by people with whom I've argued politics in real life.

    @sykes.1- Don't take this post seriously. I'm well aware that the problem with trying to rule idiots is that it is generally idiots who are made rulers. The thing is, they don't seem to realize that they are the proverbial blind leading the blind.

    @scott- I'm glad you caught on. And thanks for saying that this is something that could be found at feministing. I'm taking that as a compliment.

    @Nick- By whom and in what way? And how does this avoid falling into the pretense of knowledge?

    @society- Indeed. If only the government didn't kill aliens and run tests on them in area 51.

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  8. [changing middle initial because there actually IS at least one real Nick Steves, and I, being not one of them, would hate to get him/they in trouble.]

    @Nick- By whom and in what way? And how does this avoid falling into the pretense of knowledge?

    By anyone... or just about anyone... at least anyone of above average intelligence, courage, and charisma. In what way? Left to his own lights, secure in his power. That way he won't have to slaughter his political enemies. Can you imagine Steve Jobs sending disgruntled employees to the Gulag? I didn't think so. Sure you can imagine firing their asses, but not killing them.

    Even Obama, even fsking Bloomberg, would be tolerable if either were secure in his power and tasked with the sole mission of making USG profitable again.

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  9. @Nick- that would undoubtedly be an improvement, but it doesn't seem likely to happen and/or remain in place for a significant amount of time.

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  10. Haha, so simple, "people are stupid"

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