Voter Fraud Texas Style


Blogger Kris said...

I wonder which party these "undocumented" "non-citizens" voted for.

9/13/2007 9:24 PM  
Anonymous tggp said...

I found your chapter on voting and Congressional behavior in Freedomnomics very interesting. I'm a big fan of Bryan Caplan's theory of "rational irrationality" in his book "Myth of the Rational Voter". What do you think of it? I compared your views of political behavior with Caplan's and political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita here.

9/15/2007 6:21 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear tggp:

I find myself in agreement with Bryan that systematic mistakes can occur. Otherwise, why would dictatorships try to indoctrinate citizens? Though I also discuss in my work how the lowered cost of people getting anti-government information has helped lead to the fall of totalitarian governments.

I also have explanations for why people like price controls based on the cost of learning. On the other hand, I don't think that everything is so mistaken. For example, I think that generally people do a good job of selecting politicians who represent their views.

The issue is an empirical one.

I do have disagreements with how Bryan made his case.

Sorry, I don't have more time to go through this right now.

9/17/2007 3:20 AM  

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