Okay, I have to amend my argument at this point. People actually don't really need to be educated in terms of formal education in order to be politically aware. Me being slightly comatose whenever I debate these days overlooked the fact that my very parents are fairly politically aware --even though they aren't necessarily well educated --lol hence rendering alot of my argument sort of redundant at this point.
I maintain, however, that in this case, considering the timing of the propaganda in regards to 9/11, the inability of some americans so see past the manipulations of the government wasn't entirely their fault. In my opinion --they really didn't stand much of chance really. In regards to blaming the people for being unable to remove the blindfold themselves (in reference to that analogy we were discussing earlier) --how can they when they lack the resources to do so?
I agree that education is an important part of nurturing political awareness and interest --but then if we look at it that way --considering so many americans were unable to see past propaganda, if it were not based mostly on psychological manipulation, then there must be something wrong with the education system right?
It's all nice to condemn them and say that it's bad to be so politically ignorant --but how should they fix it? Your examples on how to be more politically aware are effective --BUT it doesnt take into account that some people just don't want to read anything politically related. What then?
Psychological manipulation can be avoided through independent thinking. Not always but most of the time, it can be avoided through methods like questioning authority. Who else can they blame for not questioning authority other than themselves? What sort of resources do they lack? The resources are there. If they do not want to be politically aware then it's not anyone else's fault but themselves. Americans have the opportunity to take political and history courses. Americans have access to political books in their local books. If they do not want to read anything politically related then they have to blame themselves for not being interested. If they were interested and politically aware, a majority of Americans would've opposed the war before the invasion began. What Americans think have a direct influence on the decisions made from the US government. Yes, the US government made wrong claims but Americans did not oppose nor correct the US government's mistakes. So now that I think about it, both the US government and the American people are to blame.
Even if you do not know a lot about politics, you still have the ability to question authority until you have the evidence to their claims. In schools, you are always practicing the questioning of authority by asking what you don't understand or things that don't make a lot of sense. Americans clearly have the resources to be politically aware and if their choice is to not use them then they can only blame themselves for the decisions they made. Even this thread is a resource for Americans. They can read my thread and understand more about politics. But if they choose not to read my thread, then they can't blame anyone else except themselves right? Even if their family is not politically aware, they can still gain information from other communities they join like forum for example. This thread is not the only thread about politics. There are a lot more in this forum. Youths can also join political school clubs and discuss politics. Then, they can teach their parents about it.
As you can see, Americans have the resources but they can only blame themselves for not using it.
What if people don't want to read anything politically related? Well, then there is no way for them to be politically aware. I mean, I can't force them to be politically aware. Their interest has to come from the inside. Though, I'd have to say that the War on Terrorism have made a lot of Americans more politically aware than before 9/11 happened. Of course, the invasion already started so it's too late to go back.