People Don’t Know Anything and It Doesn’t Really Matter

People are more ignorant than you can possibly imagine.

Fortunately, democracy doesn’t really require a well-informed public. Typically, someone thinks “I don’t like how things are going for me/for my neighbourhood” so he votes for the guy who isn’t in power. The result is that if enough people are unhappy, they get a new leader. That’s not such a bad arrangement: people aren’t necessarily informed about the system, the system is informed about the people.

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