Quotes From The BookAmerican Democracy In Jeopardy

American Democracy In Jeopardy
A Nation of People Vulnerable to Being Told What to Think
By Frank Dalotto

“People used to say, ‘Ignorance is no excuse.’ Today, ignorance is no problem. Our schools promote so much self-esteem that people confidently spout off about all sorts of things that they know nothing about.” —Thomas Sowell, PhD, “Random Thoughts,” August 12, 2004

“To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.” —Edward Abbey

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” —Bertrand Russell

“When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking.” —John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach

“To accept opinions is to gain the good solid feeling of being correct without having to think.” —C. Wright Mills

“We go around actively searching for things to see and … see mainly those things that were expected.” —English neuro-anatomist Dr. J. Z. Young

“Truth doesn’t always win in the marketplace of ideas. Lies spread too.” —Chip Heath, author of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

“Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to totalitarianism.” —Noam Chomsky

“The unexamined life is not worth living, because many unexamined lives together result in an uncritical, unjust, dangerous world.” —Linda Elder

“Critical thinking is not the same as, and should not be confused with, intelligence; it is a skill that may be improved in everyone.” —D. Walsh and R. Paul

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” —Leo Tolstoy

“Professors teach what to think, not how to think” —The Daily Campus

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” —Malcolm S. Forbes

“Pressures by media companies to generate ever-greater profits are threatening the very freedom the nation was built upon … It’s not just the journalist’s job at risk here. It’s American democracy. It is freedom.” —former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite

"The problem with television news isn’t about the Left versus the Right—it’s all about the money... The American broadcast conglomerates’ pursuit of the almighty dollar consistently trumps the need for fair and objective reporting."
— Bonnie Anderson wrote in her book News Flash: Journalism, Infotainment and the Bottom-Line Business of Broadcast News

“Internet reporting is promiscuous, and Internet learning is individuated. The Web may be worldwide, but it encourages homophily—our tendency to seek more of what we already know and to associate with like-minded souls.” —Harry R. Lewis, Professor of computer science at Harvard University.

"We are creating enclaves of like-minded people: historically, narrow-interest groups have fueled social progress, like the civilrights movement—but also cults and Nazism. There is a general risk that those who flock together, on the Internet or elsewhere, will end up both confident and wrong." —Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein

“Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new maturity and understanding; otherwise our civilization stagnates and dies.” —Chief Justice Earl Warren, Sweezy v. New Hampshire, 1957

“You want to prepare your child to think as he gets older. You want him to be critical in his judgments. Teaching a child, by your example, that there’s never any room for negotiating or making choices in life may suggest that you expect blind obedience - but it won’t help him in the long run to be discriminating in choices and thinking.” —Lawrence Balter, psychologist, in Dr. Balter’s Child Sense, 1985