Ilya Somin reviews the areas of agreement and disagreement among participants at this month's Cato Unbound.
Sean Trende concludes that Ilya Somin's new book is an important one, despite some weighty objections.
Jeffrey Friedman concludes with an outline of the research program social scientists must conduct after the fall of rational ignorance theory.
Ilya Somin argues that political ignorance has real costs, in that voters choose policies that are ineffective and against their interests.
Ilya Somin defends rational ignorance theory again, arguing that voters see a small chance of influencing outcomes as nonetheless worthwhile.
Sean Trende argues that voters know well enough to make good decisions, particularly when compared to elites, who make their own share of mistakes.
Jeffrey Friedman explains how rational ignorance theory is contradicted by both voters' actions and their stated beliefs.
Ilya Somin replies to Jeffrey Friedman: Most political ignorance is indeed rational, which makes such ignorance much harder to correct.
Ilya Somin replies to Sean Trende: Voters don't know enough to make good decisions.
Ilya Somin responds to Heather Gerken on federalism, voting with your feet, and voter ignorance.