The study that explains Obamacare’s genesis
Fortune has a piece which explains the genesis of Obamacare: stupidity.
Stupidity can increase efficiency, claims Mats Alvesson, professor of organization studies at Lund University in Sweden. In a Journal of Management Studies article titled “A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organisations” Alvesson and colleague André Spicer explain how what they call “functional stupidity” generally helped get things done. “Critical reflection and shrewdness” were net positives, but when too many clever individuals in an organization raised their hands to suggest alternative courses of action or to ask “disquieting questions about decisions and structures,” work slowed.
The study’s authors found that stupidity, on the other hand, seemed to have a unifying effect. It boosted productivity. People content in an atmosphere of functional stupidity came to consensus more easily, and with that consensus came greater roll-up-our-sleeves enthusiasm for concentrating on the job.
As Nancy Pelosi infamously explained, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
So what America saw in the Democrat rush to Obamacare was a display of functional stupidity and its unifying effect on the left. Like lemmings.
While stupidity may be useful on occasion, when it profoundly impacts one-sixth the U.S. economy, it’s dangerous. So with Obamacare, it seems we had a grouping of idiots with initiative, the worst of all possible situations, followed by a predictable outcome.