In this Post post-modern time, we no longer have the luxury of ignorance. Therefore we must study to ward off the onslaught of ignorance. It has been said, "If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything." It is never too late to learn - Better to have learn this at 52 instead of 62.
"Political discussion possesses a character fundamentally different from academic discussion. It seeks not only to be in the right but also to demolish the basis of its opponent's social and intellectual existence... Political conflict, since it is from the very beginning a rationalized form of the struggle for social predominance, attacks the social status of the opponent, his public prestige, and his self-confidence" (emphasis mine).
Hmm, demolish existence, sounds like both the Republicans and the Democrats have forgotten the Constitution as well as the Declaration of Independence. And to think this book was written in the 1940's.