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 […]
Over at the Princeton University Press blog, I have a post today dispelling the popular myth that democracy rests on the consent of the governed. I don’t think the fact that democracy (or any other form of government) is non-consensual is sufficient to show it’s not justified. Still, the idea that democracy is special […]
There is no one harder to argue with than someone who (mostly) agrees with us.
If “our” side insists on fighting with itself, it’s no wonder we aren’t winning. And just telling folks “let go! just let go!” is absurd.
People are scared. Voters are looking for a new […]