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Laura Sibinescu

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Are governments interested in keeping us 'dumb'?

Educated citizens are difficult to govern - this is a recurrent argument I've encountered while discussing education with various people.

Do you think it's in a democratic government's best interest to keep its citizens ignorant by maintaining largely outmoded school systems and educational policies, a lack of transparency, or the failure to encourage social and political participation? Or would a democratic government prefer to work with an educated, involved citizenry?


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  • Mar 31 2013: I a m not expert in democracy I live in a democratic country and everything seems to be the best that can be.
    I think that the greatest achievement of modern governement is to give access to knowledge and keep people unaware of the how to and the agenda of the governement.
    But I think as says before that in our first world nations the priorities are pleasure and entertainment.,as long as governement maintain those priorities ,nothing else matters for the most.
    "Panem et circenses" >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_circuses

    my questions "what must be the relation between governement and its people" or "Is there only one moral way to rule " "is there a perfect answer"???
    In my opinion the answer is somewhere between moral authority,citizen well being,democracy and financial dictatorship.

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