The production of ignorance and secrecy are primary weapons of authoritarian governments that want to make state power invisible. An ignorant public constitutes one major quest of the security state, which refuses to be held accountable for its illegal and often murderous acts.
Samuel P. Huntington writes: “The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.”
We are plunging into a dark world of anti-intellectualism, civic illiteracy, and a formative culture conditioned to comply with the violations of privacy and power imposed by state surveillance and authoritarianism. The embrace of ignorance is at the center of political life today, and reactionary forms of mass media and public pedagogy have become powerful forces of indoctrination. Civic illiteracy is the modus operandi for depoliticizing the population and disarming it of the ability to recognize
==The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine, (Giroux, Henry A.)