Oh my! There is someone else who thinks that people who obsess over politics are stupid.
Here’s Paul Graham’s second comment:
I don’t think there are two separate crowds. I think HN’s initial population of smart, mostly apolitical nerds has been diluted by the arrival of a lot of new users who are not as smart, and are thus more excited by shallow controversies.
Politics happens to a big source of shallow controversies. But I don’t think most people who upvote comments saying “**** Monsanto” do it because they have a deep interest in politics, any more than most people who rail against “Obamacare” do it because they have a deep interest in politics. They do it because they’re dumb. It’s the shape of this sort of idea that excites them, not its content.