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“An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.” ~ Michael R Honig, July 2000, The Newsletter of The North Texas Skeptics
“[M]y stunt man will probably be spectacular—this guy’s going to wish his mother never met his father.” ~ Bruce Campbell, “’Evil Dead’ scoop: Bruce Campbell reveals series details”, by James Hibberd on Dec 22, 2014 at 2:00PM
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” — Isaac Asimov
It’s hard to quarrel with that ancient justification of the free press: “America’s right to know.” It seems almost cruel to ask, ingenuously, ”America’s right to know what, please? Science? Mathematics? Economics? Foreign languages?”
None of those things, of course. In fact, one might well suppose that the popular feeling is that Americans are a lot better off without any of that tripe.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”☛ Newsweek: “A Cult of Ignorance” by Isaac Asimov, January 21, 1980, p. 19. PDF.
“Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.” — A. H. Weiler
“Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power. The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Simple Truths” message to Congress (April 29, 1938) Click here for full text Click here for contemporary analysis of the speech in TIME Magazine