Stossel and Me
By Bryan Caplan
My 20/20 segment – or at least part of it – is already up on Youtube. The title: “Should Some People Not Vote.” It would have been nice to get more airtime, but it’s an honor just meeting Stossel and being on his show.
I only wish they’d used my favorite sound bite, which went something like this: “Before I studied public opinion, I wondered why our policies were so bad. After I studied public opinion, I started wondering why our policies weren’t worse. An important part of the answer is that the people who know less are less likely to vote.”
Alternate version: “When you watch the presidential debates, you may think that the candidates are pandering to the Lowest Common Denominator. If everyone voted, though, they’d be pandering to a much lower Lowest Common Denominator.”