Stupider than Sheep

Sheep, we may presume, do not believe that their shepherd, who decides when to shear and when to slaughter them, acts in their best interest and accordingly seeks only to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of their fold and grazing range. Sheep thereby demonstrate that they are not so easily bamboozled as humans.

Though often characterized as docile and easily led, even to their own slaughter, sheep do not, as humans do, go gladly to their deaths waving their master’s flag and whooping it up for mythical goals such as freedom and democracy while their masters cackle cynically all the way to the bank.

So, the humans, it appears, are actually stupider than sheep. The jury remains out on whether they are dumber than posts.

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.