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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Is stupidity at the Left feeding conspiracies at the Right?

Last week, I had an epiphany: what do (alleged) conspiracies (eg, Covid-19, EU, Trump, WEF) at the conservative-right have in common? Those all followed policies embraced by the liberal-left. In my view, the conservative-right overestimates the “intelligence” of the liberal-left.

In my view, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is a left-liberal joke. The idea that those jokers want to rule the world (below) is absurd and/or preposterous. Once you believe that those liberal-left jokers are intelligent and powerful then conspiracy thinking may indeed be gaining ground.

The average national Covid-19 approach resulted in ruining the economy and restricting freedom (eg, mandatory vaccination, quarantine). Essentially, zero Covid = zero freedom. The exception was Sweden; its story is often ignored by the liberal-left and embraced by the conservative-right.

For any logical and/or rational person, the emotional Covid-19 approach does not make sense (eg, my 2020 blog). In about 100 years, we will read about the global stupidity of the 21st Century. However, if you assume that the liberal-left cannot be stupid then conspiracy thinking will start.

Arguing that the conservative-right are stupid is missing the point. Everybody can be stupid because “stupidity is a very specific cognitive failing” (eg, Psyche, my 2021 blog). Hence, the title of the Psyche article: Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid.

Generally, I do not label myself as conservative-right. At the very least, my economic views are though. I suppose my moral views would usually also qualify.

I never label myself as liberal-left although some – or even many – of my views might well qualify.

My solution is labelling myself as a centrist.

The quote by Greek philosopher and polymath Aristotle (384-322 BC) has been on my desktop for many days. Finally, it feels appropriate, although – allegedly – misattributed.

In my view, whoever said this, was a wise person.

Last week, China and Iran relaxed their policies a little bit following anti-government protests. Even in those authoritarian states (eg, China, Iran, Korea, Russia), governments are more afraid of their people than of their policies (eg, zero-Covid, Islamic dress code). Russia might be next w.r.t. Ukraine.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

An alleged quote by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th American president

Everybody Wants To Rule The World (1985) by Tears For Fears
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

[Chorus]
Most of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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