Mencken viii

The theory behind representative government is that superior men–or at all events, men not inferior to the average in ability and integrity–are chosen to manage the public business, and that they carry on this work with reasonable intelligence and honesty. There is little support for that theory in the known facts… [343]

H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

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    lieuwe  op 8 november 2004 @ 10:49:33

    In prachtige bron! It earste sjapiter, education sprekt my fuort al oan, mei it each op de plannen om âldere allochtoanen Nederlânsk te learen:
    [43] The effort to educate the uneducable is hopeless. Schools for adults soon become kindergartens for adults. The pupils are quite unable to take in the education proper to their years. The gogues thus have to provide them with amusement, just as children of four are provided with amusement in kindergartens. The hope is that they will somehow learn to think as an accidental by-product of playing, but that hope is vain.