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In 2006, Mike Judge directed a movie called "Idiocracy", from a screenplay he wrote.

Some may recall Mike Judge as the creator of MTV's Beavis & Butt-Head. A TV show that capitalized on the depths of what 'dumb' is all about.

On YouTube, an excerpt of Mike Judge interview on David Letterman (Runtime: 0:02:06)

In 2010, we could clearly see the storyline of the film begin to come to
life in American politics with the overwhelming election of Tea Party
candidiates to the US House and Senate and state legislatures.

The Tea Party take over of the Republican Party is uncanny in its similarity
to the film's 500 year evolutionary process, but it only took 2 years for the Tea
Party to rush headlong to the moroninc fringe of establishing an "Idiocracy".


Idiocracy (2006)

GENRE: Adventure|Comedy|Sci-Fi

PLOT: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by
the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down  that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

CAST: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews  

Written and Directed by Mike Judge

Internet Movie rating:
6.4/10 from 59,170 users

Idiocracy movie trailer, at YouTube (Runtime 0:01:40):


The clown show that the Republican Party Primaries have been this year lets us know the 'dumbing down' of America by Republican extremists is continuing and will likely not stop its accelerating evolutionary process until the electorate steps in at the ballot box to halt this pernicious political ideology.

Their motto should be:

"If you don't know what to do ... DO NOTHING!"

They're very good at doing nothing.


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  •  In the movie it takes 500 years (11+ / 0-)

    but we are reaching that potential earlier.  
    Even smart people are succumbing, like an old friend who is now a public school teacher in Michigan, very bright, who is getting a pay cut and insurance increases and is still a die hard Republican.
    The hardware is fine, the software is failing.

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln

    by Nailbanger on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:01:42 PM PDT

  •  I've been thinking (7+ / 0-)

    exactly what you wrote for several years now. The movie, while mildly disguised as sci-fi/comedy, was always about the present anyway.

  •  The movie was funny, and scary, (7+ / 0-)

    The current crop of rethug/teapublicans are just scary. The teahadists are not stupid, they believe very evil stupid things, constantly 'reinforced' by Fux Nuz, Rush, Rove, and oceans of billionaire/corporate money.

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:15:26 PM PDT

    •  Your use of the phrase 'very evil stupid things'.. (3+ / 0-)
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      cyncynical, Mannie, Smoh

      is unsettling in that 'evil' generally has a religious connotation and 'stupid' is a hopeless condition.

      So, religiously hopeless is pretty much what's preached on Republican State TV (FoxNEWS).

      Ignorance (lack of knowledge) is curable with education.

      However, the right-wingers resist any curiosity for knowledge preferring stupid, the rejection of appropriate application of knowledge.

      Ignorance is curable, while stupid is a terminal condition.

      *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

      by josmndsn on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:39:08 PM PDT

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  •  Judge stole the idea from a 1950s SF story (7+ / 0-)

    called "The Marching Morons" by C.M. Kornbluth, down to the guy waking up from a frozen state. Hope he credited it in the movie.

    •  several stories had a degenerating humanity (2+ / 0-)
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      including a general dumbing down. It may be that Kornbluth explored it first... Some were more general... that humanity would become more and more genetically compromised leading to a population crash and the extinction of humanity and along the way getting generally stupider.

      One I recall was the story of a future Earth (can't recall the name or author) had the main character travel to several worlds with different human cultures on them... including an extreme gerontocracy... and finally ends up on Earth where everybody seems to be extremely dim and inept... and finally makes contact with a secret underclass, a small minority of still competent people who take care of things behind the scenes but everywhere disguised  as those who do the most menial tasks in public but act as sort of a worldwide organization of parental, custodial, caretakers... without whom the world would collapse and lead to the deaths of most of the stupids... but they being too moral and raised with a sense of obligation continue to be planetary minders... sort of humble Galts who do not go Galt... in charge like the orderlies in a home for the intellectually challenged but keeping up a pretense that the stupids are in charge.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:24:35 AM PDT

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      •  Well, there was The Time Machine (1+ / 0-)
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        with the Eloi and the Morlocks, though I think that was more social class commentary than a commentary on humanity's "idiocracy." And Stapledon addressed the issue in "Last Man, First Man." Both were published long before Kornbluth was banging out stories on his Remington. Pohl and Kornbluth also borrowed from Kornbluth's story in "The Space Merchants." There's probably been others -- I had to refresh my memory from the discussion on the WP page linked in my earlier comment.

  •  so the entire point of this diary (1+ / 0-)
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    is to insult republicans?

    Perhaps some of them will read this. You could have chosen to attract them, or to engage them. But you decided to simply repel them.

    •  I'll repect them when they demonstrate ... (5+ / 0-)
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      they earn my respect.

      The current brand of Tea Party morons was a rebranding of the Republican party to distance itself from George W. Bush, by going radically to the far right where there was apparently a great number of folks seeking out thier 15 minutes of fame.

      *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

      by josmndsn on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:47:09 PM PDT

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    •  We're way past civility here, pal (2+ / 0-)
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      josmndsn, Kaiser Soeze

      You obviously don't have a clue what the problem is:  When stupid fucking morons are in charge, bad things happen to everyone.  

      It is long long long past time to stop mollycoddling incompetent fools and pretending they have a valid point of view.  If you have a problem with this, well, fuck I could care less.  Me and mine are suffering.  As are you and yours.  I've got no time for the GOP's precious little fee-fee's.  

    •  And another thing (2+ / 0-)
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      Kaiser Soeze, wilderness voice

      If the GOP is tired of being criticized for letting thunderstruck idiots run their party and ruin my country, well they can always get out of politics, and thus out of the spotlight of criticism.

      But I'll be god-damned to hell if I'll stand here politely nodding while lunatics, fucktards, and liars continue to wreck everything around it.

    •  I thought we were insulting idiots (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice

      It's Republicans that are insulting.

      George W Bush?

      Yesterday I heard Trump is getting a "Statesman" award.

      That is insulting.

      ...the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming.

      by themank on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:45:39 AM PDT

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    •  I'm sorry you are insulted Mr. Republican (0+ / 0-)

      Your concern is noted.

      Obvious concern troll is obvious.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by absdoggy on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:38:38 PM PDT

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  •  That Movie (4+ / 0-)
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    josmndsn, Mannie, marina, Smoh

    was agonizing to watch. I don't know who I felt sorrier for; Joe, or the citizens of Moron America.
       As our truth becomes stranger than that fiction, I pause to give thanks that I'm old.

    You're a mammal, listen to your body.

    by post rational on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:56:11 PM PDT

    •  As another olde phart, a nation ... (5+ / 0-)

      of 'Idiocracy' is not what I fought for during my years in the Army.

      I do not want a nation of 'Idiocracy' to be my legacy to my grandchildren.

      1932 was the last time we had a presidential election were neither party's candidate had military experience.

      I fear the outcome, eighty years later, from a nation that disrespects its military forces and veterans by annually shortchanging the VA, with party candidates that have no military experience.

      John Kerry, a decorated veteran was demonized for his Vietnam service when he was Swift-boated.

      How many more wars will be lied into by chicken-hawks.

      17 of Romneys top 24 advisors are from the George W. Bush admininstration, with military experience noticeably lacking from their resumes.

      *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

      by josmndsn on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:15:49 PM PDT

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  •  That reminds me, I gotta go to Starbucks. (3+ / 0-)
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    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:01:57 AM PDT

  •  The Party of No was accurately named. (1+ / 0-)
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    As was the Do Nothing or No Administration.

    What these people lack is self-direction.  Their behavior is responsive to prompts and the prompts are either internal (hormonal) or external (orders) or both.  Because the behavior is responsive to prompts it is not perceived as initiated by the self, of which they are, in any event, unaware.  So, what strikes us as the peculiar habit of blaming someone else for their actions, is actually accurate. For example, the victim of an attack having (unwittingly) prompted it by "looking scary" is, in fact, both the cause and the effect because the agent is lacking in awareness. We might compare it to sticking one's hand in the lion's mouth.  He's going to bite, unless he's distracted.

    Why are some people like that?  Search me. For a while, when a grandson showed the same symptoms as his great grandmother, we thought it genetic. But, it may be that both experienced "difficult births" which somehow affected their perceptual capabilities to the point where reality just doesn't register right.  The resulting confusion must be really discombobulating.  Whenever my mother left the house, she risked getting lost, if for some reason she didn't follow the exact same route. She was also always late because she couldn't keep track of time. When the dog we got her reminded her to go for walks, it was a big help.  That is, the dog had a better sense of time.

    You'll remember that Dubya was always on time.  But that was because he had a coterie of people making sure he kept to the schedule. Btw, having a sense of time and being able to read a clock are two different things entirely. Think of it as being able to read a foreign language and not having a clue what any of the words, which you can recognize as words, mean.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 03:30:43 AM PDT

  •  That was a double buy, (0+ / 0-)

    One copy for me and one to loan out.

    I rarely watch a new (to me) movie a second time on the same day I see it.

    I went through it with a finger on the pause button a second and third time the day I was introduced to it.

    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut Economic Left/Right: -7.50 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.10

    by ToKnowWhy on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 04:12:42 AM PDT

  •  " I like money." (0+ / 0-)

    ",,, the Political whorehouse that is Fox News." Keith Olbermann

    by irate on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 04:23:37 AM PDT

  •  Welcome to Costco..... (2+ / 0-)
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    I love you.

  •  Idiocracy is a documentary (1+ / 0-)
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    Just sit back, smile, and have another Brawndo (It's got electrolytes!). I hear Bristol Palin is going to be on Ow! My Balls! again.

    In Soviet Russia, you rob bank. In America, bank robs you.

    by badger on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:02:45 AM PDT

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