03 March 2009
International Relations in a Culture of Conquest
This is from a book called "2/15". It's a documentary about protest in the run up to the war for and against Iraq.
"There is a power which can serve as a check against abuses by a government or by government officials and that power is the power of the informed citizen — one who has read enough, who understands enough, who has developed a base of knowledge against which to judge truth or falsehood.
"Participation in the great debates of our time must not be relegated to the power elites in Washington. An informed citizenry has to participate, ask questions, and demand answers and accountability to make a country like ours work."
— Robert Byrd, Senator from West Virginia