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Will delusional about being able to return to our past George Will’s discussion of I. Somin’s book, “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” [“As government grows, so does voters’ ignorance,” Jan. 3] struck me as an odd endorsement by Will of a seriously flawed argument. I normally respect Will’s ability to construct a very reasoned and entertaining column, but in this case he let his emotional desire for small government morph him into one of Somin’s “political ...


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jjhehir
January 8, 2014
11:21 p.m.

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Mr. Cooper, it is because “the future is too complex” that we need a decentralized government. There is not a human or groups of humans in the world capable to govern in this complexity. A decentralized government controlled by responsible, engaged citizens is the answer.

Phils2008
January 10, 2014
4:02 p.m.

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Don, Will makes no such argument for a system similar to China. He advocated for a Judicatory that actually does what the Constitution requires. If the Judiciary actually worked as designed, bereft of ideological stacking, then voter knowledge could continue to be pathetically lacking. The big problem with Somin is he tries to attach rationalism to irrationalism. It will always be irrational to vote and not know or understand the issues. It makes absolute sense to reduce the scope of the federal government and move issues closer to the localities where a voters vote will actually have a personal impact. I tend to agree with your final assessment, only because I believe the average voter will always be an idiot.

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