By Helen Razer, Bernard Keane
How did every thing get so dumb? How did we turn into hostages to idiocy? What needs to we do to be free of a captor whose ransom be aware easily reads, 'D'oh'?
The deteriorating caliber of our public debate and the dwindling of logic in media, politics and tradition can force you to melancholy and rage. It definitely drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a determined act: befriending one another for lengthy sufficient to jot down a publication. subscribe to forces with those uneasy allies to struggle opposed to a global that has misplaced its cause. discover what's in the back of the remorseless unfold of idiocy, and why there's simply so a lot rattling silly round you.
Stupid isn't simply lack of understanding; it's not only laziness. Worse than the absence of proposal, silly is an endemic that drains our productiveness and leaves us ailing and reduced. And silly has an extended, complicated and negative earlier, one we have to comprehend so that it will defeat it.
A brief background of Stupid lines the origins of this maddening ailing, interpreting different ways that we've been during the last 3 thousand years. It damns those that have unfold silly and celebrates the courageous few who resisted. It indicates how silly tightens the grubby grip of the silly round our throats. Hilarious, clever, disagreeable, infuriating and impolite, A brief heritage of Stupid is instantaneously a provocation and a convenience. it's going to spark debate, soothe the terminally pissed off and outrage the righteously silly. it's a ebook whose silly time has come.
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