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Posted on Sep 19, 2008

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By Beats, March 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Idiocracy is a great film.  scary film but a great film none the less.  On another note I just remember hearing that our generation is the first that is less educated than our parents..  that is sad!

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By BYs, September 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

I get the impression this video goes right to the heart of the problem. Where I’m from… (no, not Texas, Europe)  folks who have money (by that I mean stocks and shares and bonds and serious real estate and big savings accounts, etc.) vote to the RIGHT, and those who don’t have any money, or who have money but also have a social conscience (i.e. ordinary working people with no education, highly educated poor people—such as teachers—and the wealthy but spiritually enlightened) vote to the LEFT.

I’ve never been able to understand why here in the USA, poorer, uneducated working Americans, and those who consider themselves “religious” (who for some reason all tend to call themselves “middle class”) vote to the RIGHT! It really doesn’t make any sense! It seems to me that they are voting against their own financial and social self-interest! I may be way wrong, but I can’t help feeling this is what really messes with the status quo in the USA. Why don’t poorer Americans vote Democrat? Why do so many uneducated poorer Americans keep voting for a party that favors the immensely wealthy? I’m really beginning to think that there is some kind of de-elitist fascism at work here—a fascist group that knows how to get the vote of the poor and uneducated by talking to them in a way that presses their knee-jerk buttons.

Someone really needs to address this head on, and call it what it is, so the working poor finally wake up and see to what extent they are being played for fools by the Republicans. As a European (in a family without much money) living in rural PA, I’m really struggling to understand it.

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By tehpistolpete, September 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

This video is the most condescending and arrogant thing I have ever seen.  I’m ashamed of ever calling myself a progressive.

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By 1twenty1, September 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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Dumb good.  Informed critical thinking bad.  Judeo-Christo fasism good.  Democracy bad.  Welcome to the United States of Asininity.

Dear Mr. Chavez, I am unemployed and need treatment for many health problems.  May I come live in your country?  I have many technical skills, but would need to learn Spanish.

1/21/09:  A new dawn.  Maybe.

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By kath cantarella, September 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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It is the fault of the education system and the unregulated media and the unregulated corporate influence on society… it’s not the fault of an egalitarian mindset. This much broader breakdown is already being used to dismantle democracy and put all power in the hands of those who consider themselves ‘the elite’. Again, that way lies fascism and persecution of minorities and women.
Fix the democracy. All school students should be taught philosophy (and ethics) from an early age to teach them how to think critically, and all religious dogma and influence should be banned from schools. (There’s always Sunday school for religion.)
All university courses should include a humanities subject as a requirement of the degree.
But this won’t happen. Because there is an elite and they do want all the power to themselves. So the way we are currently going in the West is a great excuse to become fascists and imperialists once again. The question is, have we passed the tipping point, or can we stop everything just and good from falling apart?

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By Voluptas, September 19, 2008 at 4:14 am Link to this comment
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Idiocracy is a 2006 American dark comedy directed by Mike Judge. It stars Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. The two main characters sign up for a military hibernation experiment that goes awry, and they awaken 500 years in the future. They discover that the world has devolved into a dystopia where marketing, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly stupid human society.

Despite its lack of a major theatrical release, the film has achieved something of a cult following because of its satire of the “dumbing down” of contemporary society and the breakdown of individual responsibility and consequences[citation needed].

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