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 […]
Chapter 2 of my forthcoming book Against Democracy is titled “Ignorant, Irrational, Misinformed Nationalists”. In that chapter, among other things, I review the empirical work on voter knowledge and behavior and establish that most voters are, as you might have guessed, ignorant, irrational, misinformed, and nationalistic.
But a friend’s friend on Facebook yesterday (FWIW, […]
My BHL colleague Chris Freiman has three questions for left-libertarians concerning how we reconcile our “commitment to workplace democracy” with the “other commitments that libertarians are inclined to have.” Here I suggest some answers.
Does workplace democracy really eliminate bosses?
Most libertarians, Chris notes, “would deny that granting all citizens a vote in […]
Trump seems like a real asshole, though it’s possible he’s just saying stupid and vile things because doing so is a smart way to win office.
However, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect: As of right now, Donald Trump is morally superior to Hillary Clinton.
Consider two different people:
1. Hillie has held power […]