November 10, 2008

Your Political Opponents: A Visual Guide for All Americans

Here's a handy chart for you to print out and keep handy for those tough calls in online forums or comment threads.


Chart by The New York Times, 1913, for "Nearly 15,000,000 School Children Are Defective." Today, it could be used by the Times as an internal organization chart.

Posted by Vanderleun at November 10, 2008 7:26 PM
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Talk about seeing things through rose colored glasses.

Posted by: andy at November 10, 2008 7:56 PM

Why did it take me so long to find the classification that identifies me?

Posted by: Lucy at November 11, 2008 5:46 AM

Note this slightly more in-depth study. Excerpt from Class Three: High Function Stupids - Cognizant Stupidity:

We often also encounter Idiots, who function quite well in society, but there are a class of things they just don't get. Idiots are generally smart enough to avoid their own idiotic behaviors, but they have a surprising amount of tolerance for their own idiocy, which they can sometimes convince others as 'unique genius'. Idiots are particularly annoying because they generally believe that they know what they're talking about even after it becomes clear that they don't. They will call it a 'difference of opinion', but they're simply idiotic.

Stooges at the low end of the cognizant totem pole, never quite avoid stupidity. Stooges however are intelligent enough to use their stupidity to their own advantage, and usually are most recognizeable by their capacity as Flacks, Namedroppers, Flunkies and Brownnosers. Stooges are deceptive by nature and function best under the color of authority. Stooges, once discovered, do what they do best, blame somebody else.

Posted by: Cobb at November 11, 2008 8:21 AM

"Morally Helpless"? This could be a description of a whole generation of Liberals.

Posted by: Cap'n Bob at November 11, 2008 8:24 AM

Thanks, Cobb, that is indeed an illuminating article. I've add the link.

Posted by: vanderleun at November 11, 2008 9:51 AM