The sage of Baltimore on impeachment, the press, and the people
The dispute over Harvard's decision to rescind the admission of Parkland shooting survivor/gun rights activist Kyle Kashuv should remind us of the reasons why we should not have given any special status to his views in the first place. The same goes for most others in similar situations.
Canadian columnist Andrew Coyne explains why efforts to combat fake news by cutting off supply are barking up the wrong tree.
A Canadian Supreme Court decision striking down a law denying the right to vote to expats who have resided abroad for over five years raises broader questions about democratic theory.
Introduction to my book "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter" Now Available on SSRN
The Introduction to the revised second edition summarizes the rest of the book, and is available for free.
"The road to democracy is not irreversible-not in Moscow, not in America, not anywhere."
Should We Let Children Vote? The Troubling Implications of Standard Reasons for Rejecting a Flawed Idea
Few will agree with Cambridge political scientist David Runciman's proposal to lower the voting age to 6. But standard reasons for rejecting the idea raise serious questions about many adult voters, too.
Bush lost because voters punished him for the recession of the early 1990s - an event he did not cause. This is just one example of a broader phenomenon of voters rewarding and punishing politicians for things they do not control.
Why a New Brexit Referendum Would Not be a "Betrayal" of Democracy [updated with response to Ryan Bourne]
If referenda are a legitimate mechanism for making political decisions, then it is also legitimate for them to be overruled by new referenda. Those who live by the referendum sword risk dying by it.
Democracy is clearly superior to despotism. But libertarians are still right to worry about voter ignorance and advocate tighter constraints on government power.
Barring an early release, Rep. Ron Reynolds will miss the entire 2019 legislative session.
No, We're Not on the Brink of Civil War. But the Reasons Why We're Not Are Far From Entirely Reassuring.
Contrary to the fears of some pundits, the U.S. is not on the brink of civil war. But the explanation for that is far from entirely reassuring.
Legal scholar and National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen explains how many of the Constitution's safeguards against "mob rule" have frayed. His description of the problem is compelling, though he is less strong on possible solutions.
"Government is about power. Government is not just another word for things we do together," said Sasse.
Efforts on both right and left to make the democracy-promotion the key focus of constitutional law should be rejected.
Democrats and Republicans reject individualism and free speech and both have become dangerous to our liberty.
Economist Dambisa Moyo is right to worry about the dangers of political ignorance. But her proposed solution for the problem falls short.
This forthcoming article discusses how we can massively expand economic opportunity by making it easier for people to "vote with their feet," both domestically and through international migration.
Recent events such as the student walkout to promote gun control raise the issue of how much credibility we should give to the political views of the young, and victims of crime. At least as a general rule, there is no reason to give those views any special credence.
Seattle's vouchers, passed to give outsiders a leg up, instead act as campaign welfare for well-established candidates.
Rights are theoretical unless you can defend them.
When elected officials regularly run unopposed, there's no democratic accountability.
The alleged fraud highlights the ways in which the controversial program has failed to help outsider candidates.
A program intended to empower voters has instead funneled public money to most organized and funded campaigns.
Californians would be better equipped to govern themselves fairly.
How Important Are Nonviolent Protests and Media Criticism in Preserving Democracy? Depends Which Party You Belong to!
Striking findings from Pew Research
Populism is a result of government's separation from its citizens over decades.
Go find out at "Your Life In Numbers" over at the Human Progress program at the Cato Institute
A reminder from libertarian philosopher Jason Brennan, author of Against Democracy
The power's with the people.
Dictatorships may value literacy as much as democracies, but they value life a lot less.
But he'd be a better fit for an autocracy