A Stupidity Inoculation, In Plain View
Q.: When is common sense "shallow cynicism?"
A.: When the intra-class warfare between the major factions of a capitalist dictatorship have reached an intensity where:
Stupidity is the HIV of infected intellectuals, and it is characteristic of the propaganda apparatus of a ruthless dictatorship that it will deliberately expose its people to such individuals in the hope of spreading their disease.
This Op-Ed by a political scientist is an obvious attempt by the NYT to stigmatize the by now common sense observation that the U.S. political system is corrupt. The stigmatization proceeds on two tracks:
On the subject of euphemizing stupidity into its opposite:
Prof. Hito Steyerl of the Berlin University of the Arts has coined a relationship between artificial intelligence and artificial stupidity in this short clip from a much longer talk: