- Ignorance or Education? - A Culture in Decline Episode 1
- By Peter Joseph
- 05/11/2012 Make a Comment
- Contributed by: Rambo ( 4 articles in 2012 )
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
— Winston Churchill
"If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it."
— Mark Twain
Q. "If we were in the ruling class, the ‘investment ownership class’, to paraphrase Thorstein Veblen, and we wanted to preserve our interests against any interference, what would we do?
A. First, we need to take the broadest possible view we can.
We need to make sure the voting public is as uninformed as possible, regarding relevant issues that might contradict our establishment’s practices.
Coupled with that, we also need to eliminate as much independent, logical, causal, scientific thought as possible.
So, let us support an extremely underfunded, outdated, and deprived public educational system, a system focused on merely getting a person a job one day, not teach them how to critically and logically think.
However, to further reinforce this, we also need to push and reward belief systems that support passive obedience; belief systems and values that are stubborn, irrational, and promote closed thinking.
Religion becomes super helpful in this circumstance. Is it possible that religion is being politicized and that candidates are using it as a tool? If people are groomed to be obedient and follow blindly, they are ripe to extend that obedience to others who claim authority."