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Imagine what other nations both friends and foes are saying about America?

I thought it was bad during W’s presidency with all the lies but we are at a whole other level of low now. We have Fox and republicans to thank for that. The demise of post-WWII Western democracy and values will be laid at the feet of Murdoch. In fact, in season 2 of Succession, the fictional character who runs a media empire and is based on Murdoch is getting a lifetime achievement award and his estranged brother congratulated him saying he will be remembered in history alongside Hitler. It was a while since I watched it but it was something to that effect.

This judge reminds me of the German Judges screaming who screamed and berated the

conspirators who tried to kill Hitler. And recall Kavanaugh screaming at the democrats during his confirmation hearing. Just a glimpse of the things to come when the radical right cheats its way to total control of all three branches of government.

For the past month I have been on a Renaissance kick watching and reading everything I can. Tons of

art history videos on YouTube, as well as documentaries and I, was thinking the same thing. From the Classical world of Greece to the rise of the Roman Republic the Empire to the Sack of Rome. Great societies rise up and eventually fall because of religion, superstition, and the rejection of science. Coming out of the Dark Ages they had lost the recipe for cement and marveled at the ruins created over 1000 years before. We see all the Savornella’s ready to burn books and art in the name of religion and the rejection of science. Julius Cesare was stabbed to death because he threatened the wealth and power of the Senate. Seems like nothing changes. The public today is all too willing to vote against their interest and reject science and reason in favor of religion and superstition. As I saw the people screaming about books in Va I could not help but think about the new coming Dark Age.

The Laws of Stupid People an essay by an economist Collina explains a lot.

Law#1: everyone underestimates the number of
stupid people.
Law#2: The probability that a person is stupid is
independent of any other characteristics.
Law#3: A stupid person causes losses to others
without gains to themselves.
Law#4: non-stupid people underestimate the danger
of the stupid.
Law#5: Stupid people are the most dangerous
people on the planet.

Countries moving uphill have an inevitable
percentage of stupid people, yes. But they enjoy
"an unusually high fraction of intelligent people"
who collectively overcompensate for the
dumbos.
Declining nations have, instead, an "alarming
proliferation" of non-stupid people whose
behaviour "inevitably strengthens the
destructive power" of their persistently stupid
fellow citizens.
We are overrun by stupid people.
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