“Literacy in the 19th century was almost 100%. You only have to look at "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, the pamphlet that ignited the Revolution, for proof. 500,000 copies were sold to a population of 3million. That would be the equivalent of 50million copies sold today.
Your average person probably can't even understand "Common Sense" today.
America was one of the most well read countries in the world at the time...if not the most and it was all due to one-room school houses. I suggest you check out the work of John Taylor Gatto and his "The Ultimate History Lesson". You'll be amazed at what they don't teach us in government indoctrination centers.”
liltrix on May 22, 2013 at 16:36:16
“You couldn't be more off. During the time of the publication of "Common Sense" the literacy rate was only 50% and that was not including women or blacks. That was only white men. In 1870, the literacy rate was only 80%. For blacks it was 80% illiterate. By 1979, we have a .6% illiteracy rate for whites and a 1.6% illiteracy rate for blacks. It's obvious Public Education was a big factor to educating the country on these matters. The problem with education today is that they teach to tests. So of course they aren't going to teach what is necessary and important like Common Sense or the functions of government etc. You can blame apathetic people who think education is to teach creationism, historical revisionism and over patriotic dogma about our country rather than the truth. Kids lose interest and then drop out if taught to tests. What do you expect? Teaching to tests doesn't engage the mind whatsoever.”
“If you actually read on your own instead of just taking other people's opinions as your own, you might learn something.
In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain”
BlueKoi on Nov 15, 2012 at 10:59:34
“Very condescending of you . But I dont have that high an opinion of Twain.... Lets leave the abstracts of von Mises and Hayek behind and lets talk about what Ron Paul believes .... I'm pretty sure Twain wouldnt agree with them either”
“Arguing that a nation not letting a state or colony secede because it would be a loss of revenue is a non sequitur?
You're arguing that a nation wouldn't allow a state or colony to secede because it would be a blow to national sovereignty. I'm arguing against that. Leaders of nations don't have high morals or principles. They care about power and money. Letting a state or colony secede would shrink their tax base.”
Stuart Hamilton on Nov 15, 2012 at 00:24:20
“Non sequitur: "I'm sorry but Canada is a part of America, though I'm pretty sure you mean that Canada was never part of the United States of America."
A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
Me thinks you don't know what the word means. Appealing to popular desires and prejudices would be more in the realm of "lets make the rich pay their fair share", "we need free healthcare for everyone", "they hate us for our freedoms", "they're waging a war on women", you know the major talking points of the political class.
If Ron Paul was appealing to "popular" desires and prejudices he would have been saying the same things every other politician was saying and definitely not talking about ending wars, ending the Fed, liberty, self-responsibility, etc...”
BlueKoi on Nov 14, 2012 at 21:42:12
“Ron Paul appeals to a lowe more base meme in the paranoid far right that believes that all govt is the enemy .”
“The only reason the 13 colonies had to fight for their independence was because England wouldn't just let them go. Lincoln could have prevented the deaths of 675,000 people by doing the exact same thing.
If anyone is wanting to see US bombers attacking Texas it's you and all the people who keep saying that those who want to secede are anti-Murican. Just let them go.”
Lady1genius on Nov 14, 2012 at 21:53:34
“YOU people can leave. What you may NOT do is drag the rest of your state with you. I swear you people are dangerous, and should be dealt with as such.”