Democracy Works, So Government Sucks

Jason Brennan hands you the check:

The quality of the candidates who make it on the ballot depends upon the quality of the electorate. The politicians who make it on the ballot are low quality because they appeal to the median voter. If the median voter has silly views, then smart, well-informed, intellectually honest, forthright politicians don’t stand a chance.

Many people complain that we’re always stuck choosing the lesser of two evils. The Comedy Central show South Park compared the 2004 presidential election to a school mascot election between a Turd Sandwich and a Douche. Why are we often stuck choosing between a Republican Turd Sandwich and Democratic Douche? It’s not because the system is broken or corrupt. It’s because the system works. …

If we want to fix our democracy, then we need to fix ourselves. We need to become smarter, less biased, and more intellectually honest when it comes to politics. We need the median voter to be a virtuous voter.

via Princeton University Press Blog » Blog Archive » Bad Government is Our Fault.

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

3 thoughts

  1. Unless Brennan thinks American politics is the best it’s ever been, this seems like a pretty ahistorical argument.

    1. I am willing to believe that as to politics, voters at various times were more smart and informed than they are now. The practice of going to town meetings surely helped voter aptitude, for instance.

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