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The Marching Morons

In 1952, an author by the name Cyril M. Kornbluth wrote a story about a man who was frozen in time for a few centuries and when he emerged, he found that the world had gone stupid. Senators were applauded for their high level of education,i.e. Phd's in 'Fly fishing', etc. Only a few actual 'intelligent' people tried to wrest power from the 'Ruling Dummies' and ultimately concluded that the protagonist (and his generation) was to blame for the current dilemma. I believe the movie 'Idiocracy' was loosely based on this. Paul Verhoeven's 'Robocop' also took some attributes from the story: 'I'd buy that for a dollar!'. It just amazes me that it only took 50-60 years instead of the 300 or so years described in the short story.

"The Marching Morons" by C.M. Kornbluth

Laughter, irony, sadness. Take a good, hard look at our own 'current' society.

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The movie idiocracy was sabotaged by the establishment

It only became a success after everything "went wrong" with its release. I'm glad it was mike Judd and Owen Wilson, otherwise it might have never become popular. The people loved it immediately. All positive reviews from viewers. Not from critics though.

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Idiocracy is scary accurate...

and hilarious.

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Looking around me at all the stupidity....

...in daily life reminded me of this story (again) so I just thought I'd bump it to get a chance to share it (again).

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Yes, definitely sounds like

Yes, definitely sounds like the movie Idiocracy. Although, the people there were dumb because they had evolved that way. People today still have a chance at least.
One thing to keep in mind though is that in the movie, only the US was portrayed, not anywhere else. I would have to think that it would be unlikely for the entire planet to go dumb.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.