The Origins of the Encyclopedia Moronica
While it had certainly been on the tips of many people's tongues, it was
the Canadian prime minister's director of communications, Francoise
Ducros, who famously diagnosed George W. Bush as a "moron" in fall 2002.
Prime minister Jean Chrétien later tried to disagree, saying
[Bush] is "a friend of mine. He's not a moron at all." But the cat was out of the bag.
Soon experts in stupidity began to confirm Bush's condition.
"Technically, a moron is someone who is stupid but looks normal," said Albert Nerenberg, a Toronto-based film director who is completing a television documentary titled Stupidity.
"Much has been said recently about Bush arriving at a point where he looks presidential," said Nerenberg. "What's intriguing about morons is that they can pass as just about anyone, but inside they're still morons."
While some prominent analysts have tended to see Bush as more of a sociopath, the
weight of evidence over the course of Bush's term of office has basically cemented
his legacy as a true moron.
A Culture of Idiocy
What Bush has achieved, with the help of scores of accomplices, has been prodigious. Whether
one looks to foreign policy, economics, the environment, or public health, the culture of
idiocy fostered by Bush's leadership has been a historic development. Yet the will and
the resources to chronicle the calamity for posterity has been wanting. It is therefore
to the collaborative devices of online authorship that we now turn to assemble the rudiments
of an Encyclopedia Moronica.
Like Diderot before us, ushering in the age of rationalism, this project aims to
serve human knowledge by describing in all its breadth and chicanery the many
facets of the Bush-era. With your help, this volume will soon begin to do justice
to the staggering stupidity that now besets readers everywhere.