In daily life, reality gives us material incentives to restrain our irrationality. But what incentive do we have to think rationally about politics?

— Bryan Caplan

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There is a small minority of well-educated people with relatively sensible views on economics, and an extremely tiny minority of economists with highly sensible views. Then there's everybody else. ... To win, a politician needs to please the median voter. It makes little difference if a few thousand economists think you a fool.

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The use of force is easy to rationalize in terms of basic economics.

'We should make them PAY for what they've done!' It's just the law of demand: raise the price of crossing us, and fewer people will cross us. Make the price another Hiroshima, and perhaps the quantity demanded will fall to zero.

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In a modern democracy, not only can a libertarian be elitist;

a libertarian has to be elitist. To be a libertarian in a modern democracy is to say that nearly 300 million Americans are wrong, and a handful of nay-sayers are right.

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Worldviews are more a mental security blanket than a serious effort to understand the world

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Let us designate anarchism1 anarchism as you define it.

Let us desiginate anarchism2 anarchism as I and the American Heritage College Dictionary define it.

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If you can't feel secure - and teach your children to feel secure - about 1-in-610,000 nightmare scenarios - the problem isn't the world. It's you.

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Sociotropic voters with biased economic beliefs are more likely to produce severe political failures than are selfish voters with rational expectations.

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The best social insurance is to make more progress, not to make more work

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There are two sources of error: Either you lack sufficient data, or you fail to take advantage of the data that you have.

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