Part of my criticism of mainstream economic models is that there are no independent variables in the social sciences. That doesn’t mean there are no variables. The trick is to know what variables there are, which are changeable, and how a change in one or more causes changes in others. There is an additional problem that many important variables are not considered and most cannot be represented meaningfully with numbers.
In the current economic arena, the level of stupidity in the country is a real genuine variable. All we can say about the level of stupidity is that it is extremely high. But stupidity is certainly not at any constant level. Stupidity changes according to the experiences citizens experience in dealing with life. When the level of suffering increases, the level of stupidly decreases. This is an inverse relationship. As suffering increases, the larger brain is activated. As suffering decreases the level of stupidity in society increases.
What is a handicap for all of society is a resource for the smaller wealthier group, the Deep State, which manages the opinions and activity of all who are lower down on the food chain. The smartening up of Americans over all is a nightmare scenario for the Deep State operators. Guess what? Americans are smartening up slowly.
There is no reliable statistic for measuring levels of stupidity within groups. So, we must make observations, recognize what is going on and incorporate that into our thinking.
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