Sean Trende on Democracy and Political Ignorance

Cato Unbound has posted a thoughtful critique of my book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter by Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst at RealClearPolitics. Sean argues that, despite considerable ignorance, voters know enough to make good decisions on major issues, and to select the better of the two major party candidates. He also contends that the relative success of American democracy over a long period of time is evidence that political ignorance is a comparatively modest problem. Cato Unbound will post my responses to Sean and the other commentators (Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken and political theorist Jeffrey Friedman) early next week.

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