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November 06, 2006

Pareto Fallacy Politics

An interesting and useful point from Ezra Klein.

Posted by Jonathan at November 6, 2006 03:21 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


There’s enormous truth that if you vote for a candidate whom you know nothing about you could be doing yourself a great disservice, however, advising uninformed voters that they should not vote because informed voters can do a better job for everyone is nonsensical. That's the wrong solution, a dangerous message, but most importantly it will not satisfy the interests of the non-voter.

On the other hand, freedom does come with responsibility and people should, as best they can, try to understand all their candidates’ positions on the issues that are most important to them and vote accordingly. This is central to our democracy; electing representatives who will make decisions on our behalf. Voters need to make some effort to understand what kind of decisions our elected officials are going to make once they're in office.

All this works best, or course, when you have a fair and accurate voting system and when anybody can run for office regardless of income, otherwise you’re left with more democratic theory and less democracy in action. Oh yeah, keeping your meddling little fingers out of the constitutional pie also helps a little.

Posted by: Jeff at November 7, 2006 02:40 AM