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Anti-cuts Protest Is Evidence Of The Stupidity Of Crowds

by | 27th, March 2011

DID you see the anti-cuts march when the State workers were marshaled through central London by the police yep, those other State workers in a protest to keep their jobs gold-plated and their noses in the trough?

AS the public sectariat go on the march to protect their grip on our wallets, Liam Halligan, chief economist at Prosperity Capital Management, asks  a few questions , writes Richard North :

Why aren’t Osborne and Co. explaining these catastrophic realities [of our debt serving costs] and their impact on our medium-term ability to maintain our public services, using them to rally support for austerity measures that are long overdue? Why aren’t such stark facts thrown back into the face of those who claim that the Tories’ retrenchment plans are “driven by ideology rather than necessity”?

The answer, he then says, is “fear and a lack of respect”. Fear that the British public would be critical of such candour. And a lack of respect for their intelligence.

It is that latter response which caught my eye. You can treat the British public in one of two ways. Either, they are the gormless, lumpen masses of the type that we see marching today in London. Or they are thinking individuals. There is a huge overlap, the difference being between “the crowd”, and the individual.

The crowd has an animal intellect, and reacts emotionally. It has no IQ, as

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