Now here\’s a question

When the #Occupywherever crew express some inchoate rage about how the system just isn\’t working and we need to rethink the whole thing from the ground up they\’re regarded in some quarters as expressing the obvious wisdom of the people.

When the eurosceptic crew express some inchoate rage about how the system just isn\’t working and we need to rethink the whole thing from the ground up they\’re regarded in the same quarters as expressing the obvious stupidity of the people.

Why?

6 comments on “Now here\’s a question

  1. Two words: media bias.

    People who “think like us” are obviously sensible and rational people. People who don’t, aren’t.

  2. It’s a classic irregular verb:

    I have brilliant well thought out ideas, you make some interesting points, they are rabid loons.

  3. The Occupy Wall Street doesn’t make the mistake of specific recommendations so people can project their own ideas on to them. This refusal to be specific would be very dangerous if they ever got power, but it’s a depressingly effective rhetorical position.

  4. Slightly unfair, I think. I’ve been expressing a pretty Eurosceptic view publicly for a while now and have only been called stupid once…..

  5. Why? Well I guess for the same reason that some people think that the Eurosceptic’s rage against the system is obvious wisdom, and the same people think that the Occupy movement’s rage against the system is obvious nonsense – why, some of them don’t even sleep in their tents overnight!

    I’m sure that if pressed I could find an example of this sort of thinking.

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