What If Understanding Politics Is Beyond Many Citizens’ Capacities?

Source: 200-Proof Liberals
by Jason Brennan

“Discussions of political ignorance strike people as elitist. The people who write about political ignorance are themselves usually experts in politics and part of the broad political elite. Most researchers emphasize that they are not accusing citizens of stupidity. Rather, as Ilya Somin says, the public is ‘smart but ignorant.’ That’s a nice thing to say, but it’s not obviously true. Not everyone in the public is smart. There is a distribution of intelligence, whatever that is and however we might try to measure it. Some people have much worse critical reading, critical thinking, and analytical abilities than others. It’s possible that many members of the electorate will never have strong enough intellectual abilities to make good choices about politics.” (07/07/21)