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  •  We never have had democracy yet. (3+ / 0-)
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    lostinamerica, freerad, BlueDragon

    It's an upward climb.
    As long as people aren't denied reading and writing skills, they'll feret out information on their own, if their brains are not impaired.
    The instinct-driven do seem cognitively impaired and, if one can go by GWB and McCain, no amount of education can rectify that.
    Yes, anti-intellectualism abounds among people who don't think because they don't know how. Knowledge is lacking. Always has been in some, it seems. Socrates advised "know thyself," which wouldn't have been necessary if self-knowledge were a given. Jesus Christ said, "forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    The absence of cognitive functions may be the default when, for some reason, development is interfered with. Poor nutrition and all kinds of pre- and perinatal insults could account for it.
    Obviously, intellect is not necessary for humans to survive and reproduce. Think of intelligence as lagniappe and be glad you've got some.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue May 07, 2013 at 09:52:18 AM PDT

    •  wilful ignorance abounds in the usa... (1+ / 0-)
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      Knowledge is lacking. Always has been in some, it seems.

      the 1% knows this, thats why public education is being attacked in every

      ''A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.'' FDR

      by lostinamerica on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:46:39 AM PDT

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