Simon Chapple (Nov 8) is correct, education leads to active democracy. However studying civics alone isn’t enough, it creates boredom. Studying history’s great dictators in gory detail will hammer the message home. Hitler, Stalin, Ghengis Khan, Nero, Tamerlane, and today’s political bullies have attitudes in common.
They replace independent judiciaries with kangaroo courts, stop freedom of speech, freedom of travel, freedom of law-abiding religion, freedom of association, and the citizens’ right to bear arms against dictators like themselves. Studying these psychopaths will fascinate the people who most need to hear the democracy message.
If education fails to deliver, making voting compulsory like Australia sends the same message: vote intelligently, or lose all right to self-govern.
Philip Rex Robinson, Waltham