What was the role of literacy in the story? How is this used to advantage by the pigs?

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The key component is the use of literacy and education. Remember that the key element to success in a dictatorship is control of the minds of the people. Two ways this takes place: (1)educate selectively, educate early, and only educate with knowledge those in power want the masses to have and (2) keep the majority of the masses illiterate and easily...

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