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An Overdue Book

Jeremy128 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:47 AM
Yeah...clearly ordinary citizens can't be trusted in their capacity as voters. But get Sowell talking about free markets v. regulation and suddenly these same citizens are all wise and grown-up and don't need to be educated by their "betters." Sowell does this all time. Either lionizing or demonizing the "ordinary citizen" and his decision-making depending on which view better fits the conservative narrative on that given topic. You can't have it both ways.
lcrystal Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 10:41 AM
Why don't you actually read the article before you comment? What you wrote makes no sense in the context of this article - clearly you didn't read it.
Jeremy128 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:48 PM
"Because so few people bother to check the facts, Barack Obama can get away with statements..."

"If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide."

"Yet that vision triumphed on election day, thanks to misinformation that was artfully presented..."

Yup, seems like you're the one who didn't understand the article. Which makes me think you'll never be willing/able to deal with my actual point and debate me, as opposed to insult me. But if that changes, feel free to comment.
inkling_revival Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:42 PM
What you're comparing is apples and automobiles. People are far more astute at purchasing for their own benefit than they are at selecting political leaders; they understand the choices better when their own money is involved.

Moreover, there is no widespread effort to mislead consumers the way political partisans attempt to mislead voters.

Finally, you're supposing that regulators would actually solve a problem caused by misinformation. In practice, regulators not only produce effects they do not intend, they routinely become captive to the things they're supposed to regulate.
aowyns Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 10:27 PM
Jeremy, there is clearly a difference between saying that the masses are misinformed as well as unwilling to educated themselves about political and economic matters before voting -and- saying that the masses are too stupid to vote.
If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide.

The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans?

Since "Who's The Fairest of Them All?" was published in October, there was little chance that it would affect this year's election. But this little gem of a book exposes,...