The State Thrives on Ignorance

The state needs the general public to be ignorant, but it doesn’t simply stand aside hoping that people left to their own devices will end up that way.

No, the state acts affirmatively on many fronts to pour its own half-truths, distortions, and outright lies into the empty vessels of the people’s minds.

Massive institutions such as government schools serve this purpose. Notice, too, how many lickspittles on every politician’s staff are dedicated to “communications” (i.e., propaganda).

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

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