Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Genius of Joe Lieberman?

The two-axis stupid/evil political chart -- any movement away from the political center at [0,0] makes you stupid or evil -- is prima facie an appealing idea. Its flaws, however, become apparent when you find out that Joe Lieberman is the brightest (i.e. least stupid) of politicians.

It would be an interesting task to reconcile one's general belief that extreme ideas are usually lousy ones with the empirical fact that the centrist caucus is quantifiably brain-dead and evil.

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