If the People rule, then the People must be wise

Our Enlightenment Forerunners had the insight to see the critical flaw in all historical failures at democratic government, to wit, or not — If the People rule, then the People must be wise.

The consequence is that equally distributed education and information are not just commodities you buy so you and yours can get ahead of them and theirs — they are essential to the intelligent functioning of government and the public interest.

That is why we are supposed to have universal free public education. That is why we used to have a government operated postal service that enabled the free-flow of information at a nominal fee, not whatever price the market would bear.

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5 Responses to If the People rule, then the People must be wise

  1. I must say I agree. I’ve had this discussion with a few free-market enthusiasts myself as of late. The point I’ve never seen adequately answered by any proponent of the free market is that profit is not logically equivalent to progress – profit and progress can, and frequently do, come apart. Cutting corners is often the best way to make a few bob.

    What capitalism in general has missed is the value of a thing for its own sake. Education presents itself as an exemplary case – a high standard of education is, as you rightly state, essential if we want to have a high standard of public discourse. The profit motive must be overcome. It has become parasitic on human creativity.

    • Jon Awbrey says:

      I’m really just reciting — “in my own words”, as they used to instruct us — the lesson that our grade-school teachers impressed on our souls many long years ago. I have no idea what happened in the mean time, the very mean time, indeed.

  2. powercorrupts says:

    … and we also need a free flow of information across the net. Too bad people can create their own education now, like free-delivered pizzas with a chunk bitten out of the top. Let them regulate, I say … sometimes two wrongs make it rght.

  3. Reza says:

    The problem is that there might not be a consensus about what wisdom is, worse than that how should it be acquired and what types should be acquired. For example in some middle eastern countries wisdom is considered as only religious and secular or liberal knowledge is not only not considered wisdom but deviance. I think dialogue should be prior to education. We should be able to communicate what we find precious and all of us should be open to accepting better options. But do you think that prejudice would let this happen? it seems that before dialogue we should cure prejudice. But we all have prejudices. So who is going to cure whose prejudice and based on what unbiased ground? I think it would have been better if the world did not exist!!!

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