By Helen Razer, Bernard Keane
How did every little thing get so dumb? How did we develop 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 melancholy and rage. It definitely drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a determined act: befriending one another for lengthy adequate to jot down a e-book. subscribe to forces with those uneasy allies to struggle opposed to an international 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 information; it's not only laziness. Worse than the absence of suggestion, silly is a plague that drains our productiveness and leaves us ailing and reduced. And silly has a protracted, advanced and negative previous, one we have to comprehend which will defeat it.
A brief historical past of Stupid lines the origins of this maddening unwell, studying the various 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 exhibits 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 publication whose silly time has come.
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