Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Thank you for your participation, Professor Somin. I appreciate your many contributions to scholarship. I also value your personal story.
I would suggest an alternative model of scholarly argument.
Often I make my assumptions clear at the beginning of my essays. I am a social democrat with a skeptical perspective on "free" markets. I see absolutely no evidence that foot voters in the free market demonstrate greater sophistication than voters. The expression "political fan" is a curious construction that is degrading for the voter who uses a calculus for decision-making that is worthy of my respect even when I disagree. And foot voting is an extraordinarily weak remedy for local oppression of minorities.
Shouldn't an argument based almost entirely on free market assumptions begin with this admission?
Query: Is Ilya's goal in writing his tome to educate the ignorant or get the ignorant started on education? Are there any commonalities in his non-fiction tome with another Russian emigre Ayn Rand's earlier fiction "Atlas Shrugged" which some say is the libertarian bible? Or is Ilya aiming his tome at those in power, the ones who take advantage of ignorance of so many? Perhaps an antidote to Ilya's tome is C. Wright Mills' "The Power Elite" (1956) that was aimed at informing the masses (Ilya' ignorants) of how the power elite have been using them.
The Conference book panels seem to have a Goldilocks Theme. Will the panels include representatives of those considered to be politically ignorant or lacking political knowledge?
Thanks to Ilya for not pretending to favor democracy.
Perhaps he would prefer a "constitutional oligarchy," although I admit that oligarchy is a pejorative. It is certainly a mixed form of government that Ilya would embrace. In addition to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches (under a constricted model of suffrage), Ilya might admit that he favors a fourth branch constituted by about six hundred very wealthy individuals who mobilize their funds on behalf of an intellectual infrastructure, a party within the courts, and uncompromising lobbies. Ultimately, a constitutional dictatorship of a fragment of capital.
Perhaps some of the panelists on the book panels will address political ignorance in relation to the increasing financial inequality between the power elite 0.1% and the 99+% (many of which may include the politically ignorant). The costs of higher education, including law schools, may have an impact on political ignorance. Capitalism may breed inequality (think of "Atlas Shrugged," the fictional bible of some libertarians) but should democracy? I'm confident that the panelists are not politically ignorant. So let's see what they have to say about political ignorance and how to decrease it and maintain democratic principles and lessen inequality at the same time.
I hope that the Conference will address the just resolved failed efforts by the Tea Party contingent in the House - and Ted Cruz in the Senate - to shutdown the government and bring full faith and credit of the US to its knees, in addressing "Political Ignorance" on the part of persons who consider themselves knowledgable politically. Some ignore politics for various reasons. Some engage in politics in an ignorant manner recently on display for the world to see. Not all "Political Ignorance" are the same.
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