Monday, September 29, 2008

Just How Stupid Are We?

We've suffered a cottage industry of books that bemoan the American political knowledge. Just How Stupid Are We? is one recent example, but there are others.

Now I learn that we're not the only stupids in the room.

A news account of a Finnish study says many there "have inadequate knowledge of political decision making." Two out of three survey respondents were unable to correctly name the parties in the current government coalition.

Thank you, Finland. Whew!

I'm not picking on our Finnish friends. My favorite is a Brit survey of kids who thought Winston Churchill was the first guy to walk on the moon. Clearly this is more than a U.S. phenomenon, so now someone needs to write a book that asks, Just How Stupid is the World? I suppose that'd make us feel better.

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