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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Discussion on Democracy
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
Non-partisan explanation on why Democracy does not provide optimum outcomes. Much less dense and cumbersome than “Democracy for Realists.”
4.0 out of 5 starsHis final conclusion that people would take the time to be knowledgable about voting matters if more decisions were made at a lo
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2017
Well grounded in studies but that means a bit of a slog to read. But his observations about the understandable lack of motivation most citizens have for taking the time to know about issues they vote on (the reality that my vote on't make a difference) coupled with the complexity and volume of issues makes widespread ignorance of Americans about political issues understandable. His point that when people are able to "vote with their feet" they become a lot more knowledgable was a valuable one. His final conclusion that people would take the time to be knowledgable about voting matters if more decisions were made at a local level is a great rationale for the conservative notion of the value of subsidiarity
4.0 out of 5 starsImportant reminder that facts matter
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2016
We are increasingly told that we live in a "post-factual" society, where ideology and populism trump reality. This poignant book drives home the point that voters do not have the information we may think they do. While I do not agree with all of Professor Somin's solutions to the problems of political ignorance, I agree that it's a significant problem that's unlikely to be solved anytime soon. The book is well argued and well written.
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Others have done a good job reviewing this book. I only want to add that the author does not adequately consider how difficult it is for voters to get unbiased information from the media. Indeed, most political information that is readily available is mere propaganda. But this doesn't effect the author's final analysis, it only provides further support for the author's preferences for "foot voting".