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 […]
Think nothing can be done? Vote for Gary Johnson. Let’s work on getting moralistic and paternalistic laws off the books so that there is less policing in the first place. No, this isn’t easy, but changing federal law (POTUS doesn’t do this directly, but can have an affect) and having a SCOTUS that will […]
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 […]
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 […]