Heather Gerken on Democracy and Political Ignorance

Cato Unbound has posted Yale Law School professor Heather Gerken’s insightful response to my lead essay on “Democracy and Political Ignorance.” The Cato Unbound symposium focuses on the arguments presented in my new book, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter.

In her critique, Gerken argues that political ignorance is significantly by mitigated by voters’ ability to use political parties as information shortcuts, and that voting with your feet is problematic because of the associated moving costs. There will soon be additional comments by political theorist Jeffrey Friedman and Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics. I will, in turn, post rejoinders to these critiques, after which the discussion will continue further.