Confucianism vs. Irrational Voters
By Arnold Kling
The Confucian view is that political leaders should be the most talented and public-spirited members of the community, and the process of choosing such leaders should be meritocratic, meaning that there should be equal opportunity for the best to rise to the top. Historically, Confucian meritocracy was implemented by means of examinations, and there have been proposals to revive and update Confucian examinations for contemporary China.
My co-blogger believes that voters are irrational. Does he think that Confucianism is the answer? What are the pros and cons of exam-based meritocracy?