"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, April 8, 2013

It's the Stupidity, Stupid!

This slide from an Army Reserve training seminar on dangerous extremist groups has been getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere.  

It would be easy to lambaste the political correct liberal mindset that could put evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Mormons in the same chart with Al Qaeda, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.   But what strikes me here is the simply stupidity of whomever put this slide together.   First, there are the misspellings -- Morman, not Mormon, and al Quaeda, not al Qaeda.   But beyond that is the sheer lack of connection to the real world and how descriptive words are supposed to reflect things that exist in the real world.   The entire chart is supposedly describing examples of religious "extremism," but if you add up the various religions -- Catholicism, evangelical Christianity, Islam (noting that Sunnis represent 80-90% of Muslims worldwide) -- you have this moron labelling as "extremist" more than half of the people in the world!  

Not very useful, to say the least.  

What really worries me is this is the kind of thinking that passes for insight among the supposed "elites" who do things like "consulting" on "diversity" with bureaucracies like the Army.


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