“As the class of fools is much larger than that of idiots, so that of simpletons is much larger than that of fools.”
How farsighted our ancestors of 1848 were, to commission such a report! It’s about time for another one, I think. It might help us deal with our current political, cultural, economic, interpersonal and environmental messes. The report is fascinating reading from start to finish, giving a wonderful taxonomy of idiots, such as that quoted above.
The report is available in its ingenious entirety courtesy of Google Books HERE.