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Corruption is Legal in America - YouTube
The argument against Democracy and showing lobbying.
democracy  lobbying 
8 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
The Catholic Invention of Representative Government - The American Interest
it helps explain why representative government (and later modern democracy) came into being in the Latin West and not elsewhere. Second, it testifies to the intimate historical connection between religious institutions and teachings and politics. Third, it shows how quickly norms and institutions could diffuse from the religious to the lay sphere due to what Tierney termed the numerous “areas of interaction” in medieval and early modern Europe.
Catholic  History  democracy  AmericanInterest 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
Boston Review — Matthew Yglesias Responds to Martin Gilens
In a well-functioning system, voters should elect a team of politicians and then fire them if their performance is seen as unsatisfactory. Seen in this light, the problem with American democracy today is that the intersection of counter-majoritarian legislative procedures and increased partisan polarization has blurred the lines of responsibility. Eighteen months into Barack Obama’s term in office it was plain that the results had been unsatisfactory. The electorate voted in the midterms to blame Obama and his co-partisans for that, even as sophisticated observers recognized that Senate Republicans had used the filibuster to exercise de facto veto power over many of his signature initiatives.
sidebar  yglesias  books  inequality  democracy 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
*Affluence and Influence*
3. It argues, using a comprehensive data set, that the preferences of poor and even middle income people are neglected or underrepresented in the policy process.  The preferences of the wealthiest ten percent seem to have more sway.

4. It should take greater care to distinguish the preferences of the (often ill-informed) poor across means and ends.  Say a poor or middle class person feels “I want tariffs” and also “I want prosperity.”  The elites then push through free trade to produce prosperity and for that matter to get reelected and perhaps also to serve commercial interests and donors.  Have they met or frustrated the preferences of the poor?  By the metrics of Gilens the poor did not get their way but that is not obviously the correct conclusion.  Matt makes a related point.
sidebar  cowen  yglesias  politics  inequality  books  democracy 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Why democracies tilt to the left | Crowhill Weblog
In a Democratic primary, the liberal candidate will take extreme views about the first three, but in the general election he’ll have to tone them down a touch, since while non-liberals believe those things are important, they believe they need to be balanced. But in a Republican primary, the candidate has to appeal to all six moral foundations, and then in the general election he has to cut out as much of the second half as he can, since it doesn’t play to everybody. Furthermore, to the extent that he does play the first three, he seems half-hearted, because he believes them a little more provisionally — as only part of the picture. It seems these forces would inevitably pushes things to the left. I suppose you might take this one step further to say that democracies are inherently unsustainable, since once they adopt a thorough-going left-ist perspective, they won’t be able to confront the full range of human values.
democracy  liberalism  krehbiel  sidebar 
april 2012 by HispanicPundit
Political economy: Is democracy an economic liability? | The Economist
Here's the deal. For all its competent stewardship, China's government runs a country where the average citizen is only about 15% as rich as the average American. And if we look at the world's richest large countries (say those with 10m people or more) in terms of per capita GDP, we see that the league tables are dominated by democracies. In order: America, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, Britain, France, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic. The first non-democratic large country to make the list? Saudi Arabia. And I don't think we need to chalk its wealth up to sound macroeconomic management.
capitalism  democracy  china  poverty  economist  sidebar 
july 2011 by HispanicPundit
In Praise of Monarchy - NYTimes.com
Whatever their customs and traditions, even the most modern polities often find themselves yearning, like the Israelites of old, for a kinglike authority. And the existence of a largely-powerless royal family can be a useful hedge against the perpetual temptation to invest ordinary politicians with quasi-royal powers, and then (almost inevitably) watch them run amok. (The experience of post-Franco Spain suggests that the restoration of a hereditary monarchy after a long period of dictatorship can play a similar stabilizing role.) Having a monarch as the symbolic head of state keeps elected officials in their place, provides an apolitical outlet for popular hero worship and the cults of celebrity, and satisfies the human hunger for ceremonial authority. If it’s an affront to democratic sensibilities, it’s also a safeguard for democratic institutions. Better a real king, crowned and powerless, than the many pseudo-kings who have strutted (and still strut) so destructively...
britain  history  democracy  douthat  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Reflections on World on Fire, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The negative side effect of free-market reforms: The market-dominant minorities disproportionately benefit, increasing popular resentment. The negative side effect of democratization: Market-dominant minorities disproportionately suffer, because the majority finally gets a chance to legally enforce its resentment. Pushing both reforms on developing countries simultaneously - which Chua claims the U.S. government habitually does - gives the worst of both worlds: Increasing resentment - and the opportunity to politically act upon it. If the stars align badly enough, preaching democratic capitalism gives you Yugoslavia or Rwanda.
democracy  capitalism  minorities  racism  history  jews  chua  books  caplan  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Freedom, Prosperity, and the Future of Egypt at Steven Landsburg | The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics
With regime change perhaps imminent in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, and amid all the calls for democracy and political freedom, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that desirable as political freedom may be, it’s no guarantee of prosperity. For that you need capitalism.
capitalism  democracy  economic-growth  landsburg  sidebar  civil-liberties 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Why Don't Republicans Believe in Climate Change? - NYTimes.com
The debate over climate change isn’t unusual in this regard. On issues ranging from the death penalty to (at least until recently) immigration, America’s major political parties generally tend to be more responsive to public opinion, and less constrained by elite sentiment, than their counterparts in Europe. Overall, I much prefer the American approach, populist excesses and all. (It helps in this case, of course, that I’m deeply skeptical about the efficacy of climate change legislation anyway.) But there’s no denying that it’s left the G.O.P. on the wrong side — and increasingly so — of a pretty sturdy scientific consensus.
globalwarming  europe  polls  democracy  douthat  sidebar  elites 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Rodrik on The Myth of Authoritarian Growth
You need political freedom to have real economic-growth, argues Rodrik.
democracy  economic-growth  poverty  china  rodrik  easterly  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Do only democracies have anti-immigrant movements?
"This great picture on changing share of foreign-born residents in the NYT today (showing countries with largest increase)"
immigration  statistics  democracy  easterly  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Greg Mankiw's Blog: The Rodrik Hypothesis
"Deep down, the crisis is yet another manifestation of what I call “the political trilemma of the world economy”: economic globalization, political democracy, and the nation-state are mutually irreconcilable. We can have at most two at one time. Democracy is compatible with national sovereignty only if we restrict globalization. If we push for globalization while retaining the nation-state, we must jettison democracy. And if we want democracy along with globalization, we must shove the nation-state aside and strive for greater international governance."
Globalization  democracy  government  rodrik  mankiw  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
How the Economy of Anarchist Spain Really Worked, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
How the Spanish Civil war demonstrated that there can never be such a thing as anarcho-socialism. You need a government to be socialist and you cant be socialist if you have no government.
socialism  democracy  anarcho-capitalists  spain  caplan  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
There’s No Real Precedent for This « The Enterprise Blog
"But do Obama and Pelosi have any understanding of how profoundly they have violated the sense of the American project? Do they have any idea how hard it is to sustain democracies over long periods of time, and how fragile our democracy has become because of what they did?"
ObamaCare  obamafailures  politics  democracy  usa  history  murray  sidebar 
march 2010 by HispanicPundit
America’s broken colleges - Reuters.com
"’ve said many times that education is the most expensive thing that people regularly buy without asking whether they’re getting value for money — but the problem, as Carey pinpoints, is that colleges make it impossible for anybody to make that determination. Instead, they trade on their reputation, and that is not helpful"
university  costs  democracy  salmon  sidebar 
december 2009 by HispanicPundit
Democracy, Dictatorship, and the Variance of Growth, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Democracies and dictatorships have the same average growth rate, but dictatorships have higher variance. The intuition: If you get a smart growth-oriented dictator, he follows the Nike strategy: "Just do it." If you get a sociopathic dictator, he burns his country down. In democracies, in contrast, mediocrity and compromise reign."
democracy  caplan  sidebar 
october 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Middle Class and the War on Democracy - Megan McArdle
The incentives of the middle class are not aligned with the incentives of the poor - and how that comes to the forefront in democracies.
poverty  democracy  middleclass  foreignpolicy  mcardle  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: Ways of Changing the World
How to change policy more towards free markets: alternative economies, and ideas that change public opinion.
libertarianism  politics  voting  democracy  friedman  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
Chuck Norris : If Democracy Doesn't Work, Try Anarchy - Townhall.com
Norris documents the intolerance of those on the left and lack of respect for the democratic process.
gay-marriage  democracy  liberalism  judicial-activism  sidebar 
november 2008 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, The Right to Vote and the Right to Leave, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty
"What really gives us freedom, and what really puts pressure on politicians to behave in our interest, is the right to leave."
democracy  Chile  Kling  sidebar 
may 2008 by HispanicPundit
Cafe Hayek: Iraq and Germany
"Coyne argues that most interventions hoping to create democracy don't just fail, they make things worse. He argues for non-intervention and free trade as the best hope of helping people living under miserable conditions."
Iraq  democracy  Roberts  sidebar 
april 2008 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, The GMU Crowd, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty
"The Symbolic Uses of Politics. For Edelman, the goal of much political activity is to obtain "quiescence." In layman's terms, this means that government is obeyed, rather than defied or rebelled against."
democracy  politics  caplan  Kling  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Reason Magazine - The 4 Boneheaded Biases of Stupid Voters
The four biases of the typical voter: Anti-Market Bias, Anti-Foreign Bias, Make-Work Bias, and Pessimistic Bias.
democracy  bias  caplan  Reason  sidebar 
september 2007 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, Foreward to Bryan's Book, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty
"At the time of the Founding Fathers, restricting the vote to people with property was probably thought to be a great way to protect free markets from democratic redistributionism. The thinking must have been, "if you've got property, you won't want it st
democracy  History  USA  taxes  philosophy  sidebar 
august 2007 by HispanicPundit

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