Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Education of the people

This one really amazed me when I read it (Howard Zinn, "Passionate Declarations", chapter "Communism and anti-communism"):

Congressman Harold Velde of Illinois, a former FBI man and later chair of the House Un-American Activities Committee, spoke in the House in March 1950 opposing mobile library service in rural areas because, he said: "Educating Americans through the means of the library service could bring about a change of their political attitude quicker than any other method. The basis of Communism and socialistic influence is education of the people."

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