Voting Reform: Putting Lipstick on the Collective Pig Is a Dumb Idea »

In 2010, California voters approved a “top-two” primary system for congressional and statewide elected positions where primary voters choose among all candidates in all parties for each position. The top two vote getters in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election to face each other. The argument at the...
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Reconsidering “Must Vote” Arguments »

As Americans move closer to November’s elections, the campaigns are gearing up to tell each of us how important it is to vote. One illustration is a recent Michael Barone article titled “A very few votes can make a big, big difference.” Barone makes his point by citing several close elections. Most prominent was...
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Gordon Tullock, R.I.P. »

My friend and former colleague Gordon Tullock passed away on Election Day eve at the age of 92. Gordon was one of the great polymaths of the past more than half-century. Known best as the co-author (with Nobel laureate James M. Buchanan) of The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy (1962), Gordon invented...
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Democracy is Over-Rated »

Ever since Woodrow Wilson, who embroiled American troops in the mud of Flanders and contributed to the deaths of millions of soldiers in a global “war to end all wars”, U.S. presidents have, to greater or lesser extents, pursued the goal of making the world safe for democracy. That objective is a fool’s errand....
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Principles and Politics: Like Oil and Water »

My title is taken from my review of Timothy Besley’s book, Principled Agents? The Political Economy of Good Government, which appeared in the June 2009 issue of The Review of Austrian Economics. The reasoning behind my title is that the institutional structure of democratic politics puts elected representatives who act on their principles at...
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Gallup Finds No Increase in First-Time Voters »

Here is another reason to doubt the media mantra that young voters are more “energized” than ever.

  • MyGovCost.org
  • FDAReview.org
  • OnPower.org
  • elindependent.org