Just How Stupid Are We? Facing The Truth About The American Voter, by Rick Shenkman (Basic Books/Perseus). Shenkman — investigative reporter, author, and commentator — asks us to face some truths about ourselves, many of which are not very comfortable to acknowledge. He reminds us that we are responsible for placing politicians in government positions, and we must take this responsibility seriously. Complaints about corrupt politicians or media bias is merely hand-waving, according to Shenkman. Rather than settling for easy to digest soundbites and slogans in judging candidates, rather than let talking heads interpret policies and positions for us, we need to educate ourselves from first principles. Doing anything other than this is just plain stupid.

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