George Will shines a spotlight on Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance.  Highlight:

Political ignorance, Somin argues, strengthens the case for judicial
review by weakening the supposed “countermajoritarian difficulty” with
it. If much of the electorate is unaware of the substance or even
existence of policies adopted by the sprawling regulatory state, the
policies’ democratic pedigrees are weak. Hence Somin’s suggestion that
the extension of government’s reach “undercuts democracy more than it
furthers it.”

An engaged judiciary that enforced the Framers’ idea of government’s “few and defined” enumerated powers
(Madison, Federalist 45), leaving decisions to markets and civil
society, would, Somin thinks, make the “will of the people” more
meaningful by reducing voters’ knowledge burdens. Somin’s evidence and
arguments usefully dilute the unwholesome democratic sentimentality and
romanticism that encourage government’s pretensions, ambitions and