dollarvigilante.com / By Jim Karger / September 3, 2012
[Editor’s note: The following post is by Jim Karger, TDV legal correspondent]
The short answer: Americans don’t read.
Indeed, most Americans haven’t read a book since they left high school. 42% of college graduates have not read another book after graduating, 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year, 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years, 57% of new books are not read to completion, and most “readers” (to use the term loosely) do not get past page 18 in the last book they purchased. So, it should not be surprising that the average American reads, and I posit, understands at an 8th grade level. Stefan Molyneux breaks down the jaw dropping statisticts on the decline of the American intellect in this video.
So, what does the average America do with their time since they don’t spend it reading? Take a look at the diagram at this link and after you have stopped weeping, read on: In short, the general public works, eats, masturbates, play with their kids for 10 minutes a day, watches television 10 or 12 hours a week, and surfs the web for porn or cute one-liners to post on their Facebook pages.
But they do not read.
This is why, as a nation, Americans are ignorant. It is why as a nation we are on the train to Armageddon. Most are too uninformed to stop the train or jump off and that has led us here, to a myriad of false beliefs, a dangerous world view, and a choice that is no choice at all.