The soul of the people and the anti-soul of the governmental administrators are mutually exclusive entities metaphysically as well as being antagonistic players in any drama performed physically in society. They share little to nothing in common, cannot endure for long the existence of the other. They are as close to matter and anti-matter in physics as any two things could be.
Politicians as we know them today, inside any sense of democracy anyone might hold in whatever variety that has been possible throughout history, are not interested in the advancement of literacy, no. Advanced literacy is not even favorable for any serious political campaign, and that’s serious about getting elected. Even a campaign as seemingly mostly about ideas as was Barack Obama’s, an elevated literacy was not the prime question–the populus was never to read his speeches, but listen to the ringing oratory in his phrases, the rhythm of his cadences–a great public speaker speaking to the public for whom the state stands and will only ever withstand. And this was all in spite of however repetitive it became. And President Barack Obama is a magnificent public speaker, but then the qualities of public speaking we most admire have everything to do with demagoguery. Yes, even the best motivated or the politician most highly inspired to do good, to help good, to defend good, would not be effective in his calling if he were not in part a very good demagogue; another horror of existence.
However, a population that can read is not a population that is easily controlled; it is not a population that can be easily transformed into a state guided and supported public–states are not interested in people, really; never have been. Most states are the mortal enemy of all that is good in the individual human soul; the people as an amalgamation of individuals is never in the state’s interest; the state sees best the management of the people in a manner best understood by cattle farmers. A public before the people, always. States serve the public good, never the good of the people.