As we witnessed during the 2020 election season, and as we are sure to witness during the upcoming holiday season, the United States Postal Service doesn’t exactly instill confidence.
Governments don’t work the way most people think they do. Public choice theory explores how voters, politicians, and bureaucrats actually make decisions. Prof. Antony Davies explains.
A large region of Spain called Catalonia has announced its plans for a binding referendum on its independence from Spain. If the referendum vote succeeds, should Spain allow Catalonia to secede?
For Africa to remain on the path to economic growth, its governments must provide political and economic stability, protect property rights, and permit creative destruction.
Voters should choose legislators, not the other way around.
Judge Neil Gorsuch may soon join the Supreme Court, taking the seat formerly held by Justice Antonin Scalia. If so, Gorsuch will have an opportunity that Scalia was deprived of, to shape the future of the Court’s “One Person, One Vote” (OPOV) doctrine.
My own hands are dirty and my own heart is impure; however, I have seen the light. I repent.
The incentives politicians face reward the concentration and consolidation of power.
Trump is just the latest manifestation of an old American instinct.
The incentive structure of the federal government needs adjusting.
In his first month as President, Donald Trump has been the epitome of democracy.
A liberal democracy is not a machine that will run itself: it is run by people.
A number of folks I respect have gone full Never Trump, and a few have come out in support of the administration, to varying degrees. But quite a few of “us” have rejected full-on support or opposition, lapsing into what I’ve come to think of as “But What About….?”-ism.
Any variation in election rules — for president, for student body treasurer, or for anything else — allows us to examine the rules’ impact on voting outcomes.
It is not easy being a committed democrat when your side loses an election.
The inauguration of President Trump was immediately followed by size comparisons.
During the primaries, commentators and academics continually decried the fact that voters had too little information about the candidates.
Almost every authority figure in Britain told them to vote for remaining in the EU. So why did 17 million people vote to leave? Dr. Steve Davies explains.
Perhaps, after eight years of creeping explicit and implicit censorship, Trump’s election can be seen as a broad referendum on political correctness.
Is Donald Trump shredding the Republican Party? Some commentators marvel at the statist implications of Trump’s vow to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure projects — a vow that echoes both Obama’s stimulus package and FDR’s New Deal.
It’s healthy for us to periodically revisit these discussions about the basic structure and principles of government. It’s probably less healthy, though, to tie one’s like or dislike of the electoral college to one’s preferred outcome in any particular race.
Are you one of those people who like raisins in cookies? Too bad.
The following is the fourth installment in a five-part debate between Jason Brennan and Philip Pettit on the legitimacy of democracy as a system of social order.
The following is the third installment in a five-part debate between Jason Brennan and Philip Pettit on the legitimacy of democracy as a system of social order.