"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance"

--James Madison--

"The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries, but between authoritarians and libertarians"

--George Orwell--

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance"

James Madison's quote here sure sounds nice. But it is so clearly not true.
Religion, for one, is defined as the victory of willful, blissful ignorance over knowledge.

And democracy means that when the majority are ignorant, they will govern over (rule, actually) knowledge every day and thrice on Sundays (see above).