“We know that at least 30 million American adults cannot read. But the current presidential election may yet prove that an even bigger part of the citizenry is politically illiterate — and functional. Which is to say, they will vote despite being unable to accept basic facts needed to process this American life.”

Not being able to read is  a phenomenal obstacle in learning the intricacies of government, the history of ideas and people, and learning new skills.

via The Dumbed Down Democracy – The New York Times