"Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister."
Su Tung-P'o (1036-1101) -- poem
On the Birth of His Son
Funny. There's evidence that people in all kinds of cultures have known for a long time that government is institutionalized stupidity (with a little malevolence thrown in), yet we keep putting up with it, and most of us actively demand more of it.