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Political ignorance and the Founding Fathers
The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | June 9, 2014 | Ilya Somin

Posted on 06/23/2014 9:33:24 AM PDT by right-wing agnostic

In a thoughtful recent review of my book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter, political scientist James Rogers argues that my position that political ignorance is a serious problem for democracy that justifies limiting and decentralizing government power is in some respects at odds with the views of the Founding Fathers:

Contrary to Somin’s repeated claim that current average levels of political knowledge “fall well short of requirements of normative theories of political participation,” the framers had a robust commitment to representative democracy while holding the assumption of widespread political ignorance.

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