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Professor Ilya Somin (GMU) on ‘Democracy and Political Ignorance’
November 25, 2013 @ 19:00 - 20:30
Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law and a contributor of the popular blog Volokh Conspiracy, will speak on his book ‘Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter‘ (Stanford University Press) on November 25, 2013 in Christ Church.
(Please RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/584118641637836/ )Time: 25 November 2013, 7pm
Venue: Christ Church (Lecture Room 1)
“Voter ignorance can be rational: The likelihood of one vote mattering is infinitesimal, so why make the effort to stay informed? But as Ilya Somin demonstrates in this mind-opening book, voter ignorance has bad consequences that strengthen the case for limited government, including judicial review to put a leash on wayward majorities.”—George F. Will, Journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner
“Is political ignorance as bad as it seems? Ilya Somin powerfully argues that we seriously underestimate the severity of the problem. Political knowledge is woefully deficient, and democracy works poorly given the quality of the voting public. Democracy and Political Ignorance is the most cogent, thoughtful, and up-to-date book on political ignorance on the market.”—Bryan Caplan, George Mason University, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter
“Political scientists have long worried about voter ignorance, but the law has been slow to catch up. Ilya Somin is part of an important group of legal thinkers grappling with this issue and its legal implications. With exceptional clarity, Somin offers a variety of solutions to the problem of voter ignorance, including a spirited and systematic defense of the value of voting with one’s feet.”—Heather Gerken, Yale Law School