They’re Just Fools

I lived more than 70 years of my life in the USA, so I know from personal experience that not everyone in that country is a moron. Indeed, some Americans are decent, smart, and well-informed. But I read news reports, and from them I am strongly compelled to conclude that nearly everyone in the country is a moron, and a vicious one, to boot. Is it possible that all these reports of what Americans are doing and saying are fake news? I don’t think so, because my personal experience tells me that especially in regard to anything connected with politics, Americans are — and probably always have been — morally and intellectually beyond all hope. As Southerners would say, Bless their hearts, they’re just fools.

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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.

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