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Literacy is the core of a democracy November 10, 2008

Filed under: Quotes,Things to remember — Ms.M @ 9:10 am

“Literacy is the core of a democracy. Without a literate population you can’t have a free and open society…Being a fully participating citizen in a democracy requires a level of critical thinking and understanding that only comes with advanced reading and cognitive capabilities. If you live in a dictatorship your decisions are made for you. In a democracy that responsibility rests with you. Information is the lifeblood of any democracy. It is a political structure founded on words and the triumvirate freedoms of speech, press and religion. In the current election, you clearly see how being unable to read or comprehend information at a satisfactory level would put you at a tremendous disadvantage in deciding for whom to vote. And it also leaves you open to being manipulated by others who would rather you let them do your thinking for you.”

–Author, David Baldacci, quoted in a Hartford Courant interview 11/9/08

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2 Responses to “Literacy is the core of a democracy”

  1. Marcus Says:

    You touch upon an incredibly valid point here. In our two most recent presidential electoral cycles, candidates have won by almost stringently running campaigns that in no way involve deep and reasoned discussions of issues. The reason is that they realize that as a nation, we’re clearly not as intelligent as we need to be to engage in those conversations completely. You’ve given me some ripe fodder to blog about tonight.

    Thanks.

    – Me.

  2. Ms.M Says:

    I’m glad it gave you something to think and write about Marcus. I collect little quotes like that as reminders to my future self or for when my cynical side becomes overpowering.


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