Thursday, July 19, 2007

An Ill-Informed people can be ruled.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
--Thomas Jefferson to C. Yancey, 1816.

Thom’s point: the less you know about something, the more power government will have over you.

Every person that believes Saddam Hussein had a role in planning 911 gives power to the government.

Every person who thinks “We’re fighting the same people in Iraq who flew planes into buildings” means power to the government.

And finally, everyone who thinks “They hate us for our freedoms” or “They want to kill us” means power to the government.

Because none of them are true. Not one. One would think though, that the internet could change this. With the internet, information
becomes free. With all the information in the world at your finger
tips, one would think the population would be more engaged. They aren't. More people could name the Vice President in 1989 than today. Here are the five questions:

*Who is the vice president? Who is your state's
governor? Does the US have a trade deficit or surplus? Which party
controls the House of Representatives? Is the chief justice of the
Supreme Court a liberal, moderate, or conservative?"

Infoporn: Despite the Web, Americans Remain Woefully Ill-Informed

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