[50/50] Short STory #4: “The Marching Morons”

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Short Story #4: “The Marching Morons” — Cyril M. Kornbluth (1951)

TheMarchingMoronsCity565Like Woody Allen’s “Sleeper”? Love Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy”? Then you’ll probably like the story that inspired both, “The Marching Morons.” In Cyril Kornbluth’s wicked satire, a con-man from the 20th century is accidentally put into suspended animation and wakes up centuries hence. He finds a future where the lowest common denominator has won and everything is loud, obnoxious and stupid; a planet where smart people, who only had one or two children, are vastly outnumbered by the idiots who bred like rabbits — ie, a world full of Kardashians. Ironically, Kornbluth’s protagonist comes off as someone who watches too much Fox News himself, but the cautionary tale is redeemed by a dark, twisted ending worthy of the Twilight Zone. You can read the whole stoopid thing here.*

*Bonus points for also apparently inspiring some of the ideas in “Robocop.” “I’d buy that for a dollar!”

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