Photo: Silhouette Man wonders WTF is wrong with Americans.
Some years ago, I read a book by Barbara Tuchman titled The March of Folly. It was so influential, for me at least, that I used it in my master’s thesis. It was a historical survey of societies pursuing policies contrary to their own interests. Tuchman examined several examples (Renaissance popes prompt Protestant secession, the British loss of the North American colonies, the United States in Vietnam), but one of the common themes was that the stupidity of these policies wasn’t something that only became apparent with hindsight. No, the sheer dumbfuckery had to be obvious right then and there.
Of course, Silhouette Man makes the point a lot more succinctly. And it applies to Canada as well.
(H/t Brad Fraser and James Shakey.)