In this article I described why having a democracy is a horrible idea, particularly if your goal is to live in a free, well-run country. In that article, I suggested that if someone wanted democracy (and I do not), then voters should at least be required to, among other things, take a test that required them to point at a major country on a world map, like Japan. I also said that 60-80% of Americans probably wouldn’t be able to do something this simple.
Sometimes I underestimate the stupidity and ignorance of the typical person. It may actually be worse than I thought. Here’s some admittedly anecdotal and unscientific evidence. Check out this Jimmy Kimmel video:
His staff pulled people off the street, showed them a world map with no names, and told them to find ANY country on the map. ANY country, including the US!
Just watch what happens. People are completely baffled. They can’t locate a single country… including their own country. Some could name a continent, confusing continents with countries, and even then they weren’t sure (“Uh, is this Africa?”).
Now I know what some of you are going to say; that they did this to tons of people and edited the video to only show the few idiots who didn’t know anything. Yes, I realize this happens and I’m sure it happened here. I also realize they kept going back to the same woman who didn’t know anything even though she was a college graduate (still think college is a good idea?). Granted. Think about this through: do you seriously think they had to do this to hundreds of people only to find a handful who couldn’t find a country?
I don’t. I’ve asked questions like this of my fellow Americans and I’ve observed the same thing: people don’t know shit. People are horribly stupid and ignorant when it comes to basic knowledge like this. As a matter of fact, someday I want to conduct an experiment like this; pull random people off the street and ask them to find any country, and track the percentage of people who can’t. I’m 100% positive that the percentage will be huge.
Here’s the main point: These are the people voting in your elections. Whenever you say “more democracy!” or “one person, one vote!” these are the people you want deciding how your country is run. Democracy means management by idiots. I personally don’t want idiots deciding how my country is run, but apparently most people do, since modern-day people seem to worship the concept of democracy.
Of course, there’s always the possibly that pro-democracy people actually want complete idiots to vote in their elections, since they know only complete idiots would go along with their insane policies…
Hmmmmm…. Florida just passed a law that allows felons to vote… Hmmmmm….
Here’s one more question to leave you with. Do you think that 100 years ago the typical American was this stupid? Do you think the average city-dweller in 1918 couldn’t find any country on a world map?
I know the answer. I think you do too.
What does that trajectory indicate? I know what it indicates to me.
Enjoy the decline!