Civics Quiz Asks Troubling Questions About Economy

We know that the Intercollegiate Studies Institute expects us to be shocked that the average American will fail a basic civics test. But we’re not shocked. In fact, we’re such strong believers in public ignorance that we find the idea that the average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49% to be improbable. We suspect grade inflation.

But what is entertaining is the fact that people are getting tripped up by a question about the nature of capitalism. Here’s the question:


Our favourite reaction comes from a recently promoted investment banker. “I … I don’t know anymore! The answer used to be B but now is it A? I’m so scared … I’m so … cold,” she writes.

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