March 23rd, 2007

breaking bad

Marching morons

When I was a child I read a science fiction short story called 'The Marching Morons' by CM Kornbluth (wikipedia link), and I've always remembered it. It is much-anthologised and very controversial. It's a story written in 1951, about a man of the 1980s who (like Fry in Futurama) goes into suspended animation and ends up the future.

In this story the world is dominated by - well, morons, because they have 'outbred' the intelligent. A tiny minority of intelligent people attempt to steer the 'morons', although all positions of authority seem to be taken by idiots.
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