by educatedtodeath

The elite defend a sui generis #democracy, in which people are “unwell” and require “medicine”— whereas in fact their “ailment” is the wish to speak up and participate. Each time the people try to express themselves freely and to act, it is a sign that they continue to be ill and thus need medicine. In this strange interpretation of democracy, health is synonymous with popular silence and inaction.

—Paulo Freire from Education for Critical Consciousness

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