Louisiana is slipping into the Gulf caused by oil company channels, drilling, and pollution that kills vegetation on coastal marshes. "Each day the state loses nearly the accumulated acreage of every football stadium in the N.F.L." John Barry is a public spirited citizen member of a regional flood protection board. The Board brought suit against the oil companies, but Republican governor Jindal persuaded the legislature to condemn the suit and order its cancellation. The oil companies applauded, even though they know that the next hurricane would destroy a lot of their property. There is a distinction between "dumb" and "stupid"--not acting on your own best interest. This is an example of the latter.
Source: NYT Magazine, Oct. 5, 2014.