Political Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

July 18, 2012 in Home, Uncategorized

His words, aimed at pre-WWII Germans, are much too harsh to be used against my friends and fellow Americans, but the message is powerful.

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
Bertolt Brecht

Before Bertolt escaped from Nazi Germany he witnessed what political ignorance can lead to. Is the level of political apathy among American’s similar to the former German’s ignorance? While the same atrocities are unlikely today, Americans are ignoring many important issues.