Ignorance, and admiration arising from ignorance, are the parents of civil devotion and obedience.’ Or, as Major General Philip Skippon of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army told Parliament in 1656: ‘The more liberty, the greater mischief.’ Luke Robinson, MP for Scarborough, concurred: ‘I would not have a people know their own strength.’
====Why Are We The Good Guys?: Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions Of Propaganda (David Cromwell)
On the basis of their comprehensive approach, Delli Carpini and Keeter concluded that only 5 percent of Americans could correctly answer three-fourths of the questions asked about economics; only 11 percent, the questions about domestic issues; 14 percent, the questions about foreign affairs; and 10 percent, the questions about geography. The highest score? More Americans knew the correct answers to history questions than to other kinds of questions (which will come as a surprise to many history teachers). Still, only 25 percent knew the correct answers to three-quarters of the history questions, which were rudimentary.
In 2003 the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad investigated Americans’ knowledge of world affairs. The task force concluded: “America’s ignorance of the outside world” is so great as to constitute a threat to national security.
=====Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter (Rick Shenkman)
Our nation is intentionally being dumbed down. It has been a process underway for many, many years now. Intentional actions of an entrenched institutionalized system does not necessarily imply a controlled, directed conspiracy, as the gestalt of the unconnected desires of the elites that drive the whole can arrive at the appearance of conscious ends, but the results are the same. However, I am not so sure there is not a more malevolent and insidious undertaking at work. for the more ignorant we become the more docile and easily manipulated are we, a formerly free people whose strength is being drained.
An ignorant people will elect ignorance to govern them–This absurdity is off the charts.