Comments on: Civic Enemies http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/ Free Markets and Social Justice Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 By: cool menthol e juice http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-69622 Sun, 15 May 2016 22:12:07 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-69622 … [Trackback]

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By: Tribal Politics http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-64108 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:22:09 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-64108 […] into tribal identities and opposing partisans into what philosopher Jason Brennan calls “civic enemies.” This is likely unsurprising to most readers, but now there is intriguing evidence […]

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By: The one kind of person who shouldn’t vote | Quantum Matrix Scribe http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-27295 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 02:29:24 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-27295 […] philosopher Jason Brennan notes, voting in an election has enormous consequences on hundreds of millions of Americans. He writes in […]

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By: Jason Brennan http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-25160 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:44:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-25160 This is a pretty lame criticism.

First, my theory of voting ethics says that citizens may vote only if they vote in good faith, for what they justifiedly believe will serve the right ends of government, and only if they are epistemically competent. So, if people were following this theory, governments everywhere would do much better by the poor than they do now. At best, your objection amounts to imagining a world in which people *believe* themselves to be following my theory of voting ethics but in fact systematically violate it. Whoop-dee-do.

Also, you’re assuming that the poor know enough to vote for policies that support their own interests. There’s not good reason to think that. In fact, as I document in my forthcoming book on compulsory voting, the poor are systematically misinformed about basic matters. The conclusion, ugly as it may be, is that if we want to help the poor realize their preferred outcomes (e.g., they get richer), we need to ignore many of their preferred policy preferences.

Finally, take a look at Martin Gilens new book Affluence and Influence. One conclusion: even if the poor voted more, it doesn’t mean that politicians will listen to them.

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By: Jason Brennan http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-25159 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:32:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-25159 Thanks for writing this. I can now tell you that you have a duty not to vote.

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By: Damien S. http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-24262 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:04:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-24262 “Many of my fellow citizens are incompetent, ignorant, irrational, and morally unreasonable about politics”

And of course we can all agree on who is incompetent, ignorant, irrational and morally unreasonable.

Or, you know… not.

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By: J. Anderson http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-23869 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:30:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-23869 I don’t really understand this piece. It seems to be made up mostly of deeply arrogant insults. I also can’t imagine why anyone would bother giving arguments against such a piece. For instance, if Brennan were to walk into a typical American bar and announce that, according to his moral theory, no one in that room should be allowed to vote except for him, then it would seem to me to be a very proper and justified response for someone to simply punch him in the nose. I really don’t think Brennan’s beliefs merit much more than that in way of response.

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By: SimpleMachine88 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/11/civic-enemies/#comment-23577 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 22:45:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=4458#comment-23577 I’m sure they think you’re an idiot too. I take it you can judge who is or isn’t informed?

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