"Freedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that 'Oh, I don't get involved in politics,' as if that makes someone cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable."
Pericles, the leader of Athens during its Golden Age, made a similar observation:
"We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all."