I enjoyed reading this, and I agree that sometimes, you have to take knowledge and knowledge production into your own hands. Especially salient here was your assertion that the Founders ( though not all, some more broadly provincial-minded men like John Randolph and John Taylor of Caroline, were not supportive of education of the masses. They had traces and fragments of a middle British “Cavalier” type culture that historians like David Hackett Fischer, in Albion’s Seed, traced to a third wave of migration to colonial America ) mostly supported education, and schools, for everyone. Even the famed Adam Smith, often cited by orthodox economic thinkers, stated that in an economy devoted to division of labor and prosperity, the central purpose of the state was to educate its citizens ( prosperity sounds good, but extracts its price on workers by deadening their “sensibilities” ). So Smith and others ( Hegel, for example ) took it as a given that states needed to “guard against alienation” of citizens by educating them. So, in our day and age, as your piece so aptly implies, how can we guard against alienation and improve our civility, civilization, and sense of citizenship?