I am a South African [ I'll keep any opinions about the apparent intelligence in the US to myself
- for now] so from another point of view ...
Of course you take for granted the facility (technology) and complete luxury (affordability) of the ability to participate in these discussions or just be privy to information.
And this implies (based on the arguments in this thread) that the absence of either (technology or affordability) = stupidity or ignorance or both [I am not exactly sure what your position is since the thread reaches no conclusive point of departure] and this I have a problem with because there are many people in South Africa who do not have this good fortune.
They do not have access to information - other than that which is provided to them. They trust the information that is presented simply because it would never occur to them that information (or 'facts') can simply be created. They have been 'cleverly' educated along these lines for obvious reasons. And then they do (well intentioned) but sometimes very 'stupid' things.
Does this make them stupid? No of course not! Stupid is only a pathetic judgement you can make after
you have all of the information!
Does this make them willingly
ignorant OR disinterested? No of course not - they are paying attention and are willingly taking active action against all that they know and understand of the situation.
Does this make them 'vulnerable'? Yes.
So then where does the responsibility for defeating ignorance start? Who is (morally) responsible to restore this ignorance / 'stupidity' gap?
And how does this method/ process relate to the US (are you really that different)?
Well, we've descended down quite into the details on what's knowable.
The issue in this thread is concerned with issues of world, national and historical relevance; lack of which would deprive someone of the ability to contextualize their awareness, ability to vote intelligently and have *some* sense of history, in order to be a responsible citizen.
One person one vote - does not exactly demand a stupidity (by your standards) test and ignorance is exactly what keeps the political monster afloat (IN MOST COUNTRIES).