A population that can read is not a population that is easily controlled. States only ever want control. A population that reads and reads well, other than the organs of state propaganda, as in most of our media too much of the time, cannot be easily transformed into a state guided and supported public. States are not interested in people, really; never have been. States form truth in a special tautology: the state is the state of the state for the state by the state to which the state stands will only ever withstand in itself the state.
Most states are the mortal enemy of all that is good in the individual human soul; no government management of the state is friendly to people. The people as an amalgamation of individuals is never in the state’s interest; the state sees best the management of the people in a manner best understood by cattle farmers. Yes, cattle farmers do not abuse their cattle, even when they are leading them to slaughter. A public before the people is always in the interests of the state. The state is not your friend or family. You are a numerical variable because you have always been one. The management of numbers and how agents of the state imagine the numerals that are tossed about in discussions of state, managing the state . . . these may vary from age to age, from government body to government body, but numerical value you and I have always had, in fact, this is the only value you or I have ever had for any state.
The public, again, is the people in service of the state, a people who disinvest their weight as the people for the more state-buoyant public. The People are the only institution that can counter balance the weight of the state. When that people become only a state serving public, their weight is added to the state against the people in counter leverage.
This is the given; it is not going to disappear, nor are states or governments, politicians, ever going to relent, not without pressure from the people. But with master demagogues like Obama selling the idea that we should sacrifice, when bankers do not, that we should look to serve when those presumably elected to public service only serve the monied and power elites of our society and other societies before drawing some semblance of responsibility to the people, we will lose whatever remains of Jefferson’s We the People, yes capital ‘P.’.
States have served the public good, this is true, but never really the good of the People. From the time of Kennedy, the Oval Office has been quite adamant in sustaining the idea that we should not ask what our country can do for us because it no longer intends to maintain its responsibilities to the people. We should only ask what we can do for our country because a state serving people as a public goes much further in servicing the needs of the few, the needs of the elite while appearing to serve the public good, although less and less.
Of course, we can only imagine a controlled population in other societies–part of the media manipulation of democracy is the Hollywood like expertise the fiction of democracy is presented to the people who are by now full-fledged members of the public. Centurions and Priests of the Temple participating in crucifying Freedom and Democracy. Hyperbole herein calculated.