My point in this was that I felt it takes a degree of intelligence to compromise and therefore to erase lines of division. And only through reason and logic can viable routes to general happiness be found. Dan posited that I might be too naive in my belief that people essentially want the same things at a primal level, and he may be right. But before banning all the ills we think are plaguing us, why not start with a ban on stupidity? Even if it doesn't help to the degree I would hope, it couldn't hurt.
An intelligent public could still have their own views, but they would be harder to trick, harder to mislead by a disingenuous and self-serving "tribal leader". Emphasis could shift to solution rather than mere emphatic declarations of position.
And when it comes to voting I personally would like to see a return to something like the old literacy tests, and to avoid any immigration issues, I would have no problem if they were available in multiple languages. My issue is not so much English literacy as competence......the actual ability to think and reason.
So perhaps we should have some sort of basic intelligence test? (Frankly, maybe there should be a device installed in babies that renders them temporarily infertile, until they grow up and pass a competency test, and then it can be turned on and they can breed?) We make people take driving tests, and yet we let anyone vote. Why? If we see the wisdom in not letting incompetents drive, why do we let them vote or breed?
"If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're gonna get selfish, ignorant leaders." -----George Carlin
"Proponents of tests to prove an applicant’s ability to read and understand English claimed that the exams ensured an educated and informed electorate. In practice they were used to disqualify immigrants and the poor, who had less education. In the South they were used to prevent African Americans from registering to vote. The Voting Rights Act ended the use of literacy tests in the South in 1965 and the rest of the country in 1970."---National Museum of American History
And if you think about it....things really started going to shit not long after. But like I said, these were 'literacy tests' and that's not really what the issue is. I don't care if you can read like Evelyn Wood..........if your understanding of what you read is infantile.
In conclusion, if you think stupidity isn't a threat.......
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers."------George Carlin
[ In researching this I found a few other Carlin gems. Perhaps I'll post them at a later date. ]