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 notice easily reads, 'D'oh'?
The deteriorating caliber of our public debate and the dwindling of good judgment in media, politics and tradition can force you to depression and rage. It definitely drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a determined act: befriending one another for lengthy adequate to write 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 in order that a lot rattling silly round you.
Stupid isn't simply lack of knowledge; it's not only laziness. Worse than the absence of idea, silly is a deadly disease that drains our productiveness and leaves us ill and reduced. And silly has an extended, complicated and bad earlier, one we have to comprehend with the intention to defeat it.
A brief background of Stupid strains the origins of this maddening in poor health, studying the several ways that we've been troubled 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 historical past of Stupid is right away a provocation and a convenience. it is going to spark debate, soothe the terminally annoyed and outrage the righteously silly. it's a booklet whose silly time has come.
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