In The Ethics of Voting, I argue that voters owe their fellow a citizens a duty of care. They generally have no duty to vote, but if they decide to vote, then they incur certain epistemic obligations in making their decisions. I argue they should vote for what they justifiedly [I prefer “justifiedly” to “justifiably”*] believe to be […]
The general election seasons is underway, and so now it’s time for partisans to try to stop you from voting third party.
You’ll hear people say that a vote for Johnson, Sanders, or Stein is a vote for Trump. Trump supporters will also say that a vote for Johnson, Sanders, or […]
The Princeton University Press blog wrote an independent post on my forthcoming book Against Democracy. They provide a brief overview of the three major types of democratic citizens I discuss, which I dub hobbits, hooligans, and vulcans. Check it out here.
Chapter 2 of Against Democracy is titled “Ignorant, Irrational, Misinformed Nationalists.” It argues that voters are…well, go ahead and guess.
There are a huge range of studies on voter behavior. These studies overwhelming find that the mean, median, and modal levels of basic political knowledge among voters is low, but variance is high. Some voters […]
Suppose that I come to believe, stupidly, that taking caffeine is dangerous. I announce henceforth that I will lock any people I catch drinking coffee in my basement for 30 days as a punishment. I see you walking out of Starbucks and try to grab you. You fight back, and, in the struggle, injure or […]
(Please excuse typos. I’ve got to write this quickly.)
We don’t know all the facts yet. But it appears that during the Dallas protests, some attackers killed a number of police officers who were keeping order at the protest. I’m on record, in print, arguing that killing cops in self-defense or defense of others is permissible. […]