A "profoundly democratic vision of universal learning and education"? It sounds lovely - though perhaps terribly out of place in this curiously uncertain and still undefinable 21st century. We are wavering between an all-out and absolutist conception of humanity as money-generating appendages of giant corporations and that far finer understanding of common interest and intelligence that the first years of the Internet have brought us.
More on the subject of a new Alexandria here. Thanks to John Naughton (as always) for the link.