Whether or not these people are or were somehow crazy doesn’t concern me. What concerns me is the possibility that they were much simply dumb, and moreover that there are many people out there who are not merely dumb, but worse: content with being dumb. But far worse than even stubborn stupidity is the way the rest of us are content with tolerating and appeasing it. Sure, some people are passive; they wouldn’t hurt a fly. Others, however, are much too ambitious for passivity, for the obscurity of all the shadow around the spotlight—and they are the ones with the most alarming, most frightening potential.