Dumbing down democracy – the rise of the low-information polity

Posted November 4, 2016 8:20 pm by Culture Witness

Dumbing down democracy – the rise of the low-information polity

By Paul Malvern |Some years back I attended a two-day conference on Sufi spirituality held at the University of Toronto. The keynote speaker was the late Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, who was at the time the leader of the Sufis in the Western Hemisphere. A warm and wise man, he began his speech by citing Jesus’ statement, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”, adding as an aside that, before that happens, it will first make you very unhappy.This is a particularly apt warning for those of us committed to the democratic traditions that have

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