an extract from ‘Too smart to be right: the stunning political successes of special stupidity’ by Keller Easterling from ‘Did Somebody say Participate? – an atlas of spatial practise’
‘Some of the most successful political stratergies in the world rely on the cunning of stupidity. Stupiditiy is a faculty that lubricates both the release and the reception of a stream of fabrications and occlusions.
‘Stupidity is a naturally occuring narcotic reality that welcomes everyone.’
Some Truly spectacular forms of stupidity deploy intelligence to maintain the power of their persuasion.’
‘This information paradox – wherein an enormous amount of information is required to maintain an information poor state- is a common tool of power. The paradoc even provides the perfect camouflage. It is a faviourite trick of not only righteous liberators like the United States, but also neo-liberal governments that, as Jacques Ranciere has noted, would like to locate the ‘end of politics’ in a consensus that banishes conflicting information’