Who were low information people before the 1960's?

The low information person is often a person whose education stagnated somewhere in high school. He or she does not see reading as a pastime either interesting or rewarding. The low information voter relies on personal experience and believe wisdom comes from his or her own experience. If you were to ask a low information person to read a paragraph from a novel as simple as Holes by Luis Sachar, they would stumble over the most basic words.

As a former teacher, I understand the demands on young people that lead them to believe they can make it in life without much education. Their parents, if they have been a presence at all, generally don’t have time to focus on their children’s educations, so the kids stagnate. This is mostly true in areas of low income where welfare is taken for granted in the culture of the family.

Today’s low information person is yesterday’s humble poor. Where has the humility gone? Prior to liberal activism that segmented the humble poor, people generally wanted to take account of their own lives, basically pull themselves up by the bootstraps. But a population of poorly educated people became the target for exploitation by the elite, liberal, white kids of the sixties. Once subpopulations of the poor begin to believe they are special and have a grievance, that they are poor because of someone else, all we see happening today makes sense.

The solution is education and shame. A person who can’t read a sentence in English fluently should be shamed into silence until they actually have made the effort to gain the wisdom the rest of us find indispensable to living rational lives. It starts with leadership that promotes simple reading education to lift the spirits of the poor into the realization that they have it within themselves to make their lives better.