"We must abandon
the prevalent belief
in the superior wisdom
of the ignorant."
Daniel Boorstin
(1914-2004) American historian, professor, attorney, writer, Librarian of the United States Congress (1975-1987)
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Well said.
 -- Carla, Wisconsin     
    Unfortunately, it's the ignorant (generally) who hold fast to this belief.
     -- Fred, Evansville     
    Thank you, Daniel Boorstin!
     -- Anonymous     
     -- Anonymous      
    America's rapid demise can be attributed to the widely held misconception that our government is benevolent, it is not. What we are witnessing today is the election of the malevolent by the ignorant, as neither side of the aisle holds American values as moral or noble, and all the while the electorate is at the Mall.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    As someone on this very site once said, " Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers." This is usually proven around election time.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    A thought provoking quote. But to me it smacks of or leaves open the question "Just who are the ignorant"?. This open question allows supermen type, Nazi types to step into the void and tell us who they are. I feel certain Boorstin was ignorant about something. The only ignorance we need to fear is the ignorance of failing to research things and look things up.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler your right about that last part. I looked up the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto and they look just like Amerika today. Restore the Republic. :)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Very accurate when applied to the statist theocracy infesting this land.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The ignorant are those that willfully 'ignore' anything that might upset the delusion they hold so dear. Fundamentalists of all kinds are indeed ignorant. Those that say "I don't know" are not ignorant because they lack knowledge, no, the ignorant are those that act as if they do know despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. Ignorance is the willfull avoidance of the costs of one's own delusions, thus the expression, "Ignorance is bliss."
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Since the past three decades the world over 'disabiliy' of sorts has got the politically priveleged 'positive discrimination' human normalcy and human merit still further became the 'ignored' or 'avenged lot as it were..
     -- vedapushpa, Bangalore     
    Ignorance is perfected in the absence of understanding and insight.

    In itself, the acquisition of knowledge does not serve to relieve ignorance.

    Accordingly, to be salutary, the acquisition of knowledge must be a concomitant of the development of character.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Ignorance is bliss!
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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