Update: Now in shiny Newsweek edition.
I have a post at the Princeton University Press blog on Brexit, Democracy, and Epistocracy. Rather than saying whether the decision was right or wrong, I criticize the idea of asking British voters.
Leaving the EU is no small affair. It probably will have enormous effects on the […]
Zócalo Public Square has discussion today on democracies and the problem of demagogues. Here’s my piece. Excerpt:
In a well-functioning democracy, elites and the people keep each other in check. To some extent, the elites keep the people from implementing dumb policies, policies the people support only because they’re badly informed. To some extent, the people […]
And now for something completely different.
I’m not religious, so I have no dog in this fight. But here’s a quick take on Biblical literalism, and why, to me, it always seemed like a strange view.
Two thought experiments:
1. Peter is hanging out with Jesus. Jesus looks at a mess James has made and says, […]
Stanford University press has published the 2nd Edition of Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance. The first edition was an excellent work, with a concise overview of the phenomenon, powerful rebuttals to various “wisdom of the crowd” theories, and a series of plausible proposals for how to reduce the damage political ignorance can do.
A funny post from Eric Schwitzgebel. Excerpt:
I’m highly allergic to shellfish. I’m allergic enough that cross-contamination is an issue: If I’m served something that has been fried on the same surface as shellfish or touched with an implement that has touched shellfish, I will have a minor allergic reaction. Shellfish is so prevalent […]
UPDATE: Make sure to read the comments posted below from Stanley, who claims I’ve misunderstood the thesis of this essay. His comments are entirely reasonable. In re-reading his essay after seeing his clarifying comments, the original essay comes across to me as more polemical than he intended.
Stanley provides a nice summary of what he’s […]