Will ideas that are "smart", ever be "popular"?
Is the word "smart", in fact, diametrically opposed to the word "popular"? In the sense that... Smart, is a relativistic value judgement... So the definition of the word smart, tends to imply, that someone has a greater abillity to accurately see and describe the world around them, than the "average" person.
If, "smart" people, by definition, see the world around them differently than "average" people... and "average" people, are the majority... again, by definition... Will, what is smart, ever be, what is popular?
Can humanity ever elect, through free will, a competent, forward thinking, smart individual? Or, does the election process itself, by relying on popularity, guarantee, than no one "smart", will ever be in charge?
Is democracy, a race to the middle? Does it actually have no potential whatsoever of being progressive? Or, am I just in a particularly cynical mood today?