Nominate a Deserving Fool for the Higgy


(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Ah, yes, it’s once again that magical time of year when a young man’s thoughts turn to fools. I refer of course to The Higgy – the William Higinbotham Inhumanitarian of the Year Award. For the next two weeks, we’ll highlight our (un)favorite inhumanitarians; please join the fun and submit your nominations by email or comment! This year’s most (un)deserving nominee will be (dis)favored with The Higgy on Tax Day, April 15.

The award is named for history’s greatest monster, William Higinbotham.

For reference, here once again are the official criteria for selecting the winner:

“The Higgy” will not identify the worst person in the world, just as “The Al” does not recognize the best.  Instead, “The Higgy” will highlight individuals whose arrogant delusions of shaping the world to meet their own will outweigh the positive qualities they possess.

In other words, we’re looking for PLDD not BSDD.

In that spirit, I’m nominating pointy-headed academic and bloviating edu-blogger Jay P. Greene for The Higgy this year. His arrogant delusions of shaping the world include endorsing Common Coreunion corruption, communism and even slavery. Last year, though, he went too far – he took all the fun out of The Higgy by giving it to Plato. He said the Republic could earn The Higgy even if it was actually a satire of irresponsible utopianism. Well, guess who else writes satires of irresponsible utopianism!

April Fool’s, of course! My real nominee will be coming in the next few weeks – as, I hope, will yours. May the best fool win!

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