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Politicians are not quite so stupid!

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 12 August 2011



Politicians are not quite so stupid!
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 134
Posted DateFriday 12 August 2011 09:35 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

Why, when politicians say something that really makes no sense, do people automatically think they are stupid?

Politicians rarely say what they believe or know to be true.

They say what needs to be said to win favour with the public; to keep rival politicians off their back and to stay in office.

By the same logic, don't judge their intelligence or true beliefs by what they do! Though it is a better measure.

That's the nature of politics.

But don't take this argument too far ... some really are stupid :-)

This though, is a more general problem, we rarely stop to look behind the words that other people utter. We don't look for the underlying meaning. We take their words at face value. Now who is being stupid? :-)

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