Review: Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter (Ilya Somin)

This book is a quick read and covers the area decently well. The major drawback is that it doesnt discuss deliberative democracy or liquid democracy. IMO this book is not as good as Caplans recent book on the same topic which i also read. Maybe cuz i read his first. http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=af2d8de3a8bc8a8e693a1be68a4bd3f3&open=0   many people conflate…

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Review: Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle

I expected more of this book. The initial chapters are pretty bad, not very scientific or rigorous in the argumentation. The later chapters were much more interesting, leading to a total rating of mediocre. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/744918.Laws_of_Fear http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=552D4DCAE50ACA6B17E8833CEF9DEBE3&open=0   I do not venture a survey here, but it is reasonable to speculate that in actual practice, nations…

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Eugenics and the Welfare State: Sterilization Policy in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland (1996)

Interesting small book that casts light on the use of sterilizations in nordic countries. It shows quite clearly that eugenics has it origin in collectivist and socialist thinking and was supported by most parties in the 20-40s. Clearly not just something the nazis did (and did wrong).   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3831890-eugenics-and-the-welfare-state   In Sweden, however, th e…

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Review: The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

[Bryan_Caplan]_The_Myth_of_the_Rational_Voter_Why(Bookos.org)   This is very interesting book. Most interesting I’ve read in a while.   –   If neither way of verifying the existence of preferences over beliefs appeals to you, a final one remains. Reverse the direction of reason­ ing. Smoke usually means fire. The more bizarre a mistake is, the harder it is…

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