It isn’t mainly illiteracy that inflates the size and force of government; it’s the power-lust of the “master” class and the narrow self-interest of the “subject” class, which is disgustingly willing to surrender freedom and future prosperity for immediate and particular rewards. Lenin was perfectly literate; so was Hitler, and so were many of their followers. It didn’t help.
Still, "the defense of a free society, especially against the attacks of literate (or technically literate) people, does require a fairly high standard of literacy." Indeed.
This is a fine piece. So read the whole thing.