Bryan Caplan on Voters as Mad Scientists

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Mike has another conversation with one of his all-time favorite guests: Bryan Caplan. Bryan is an economist at George Mason University, a prolific author, and blogs at Bet on It. In this episode, they discuss Bryan’s latest collection: Voters as Mad Scientists: Essays on Political Irrationality.

Topics Mike & Bryan Discuss Include:
– Twitter & Nazis & Meth (oh my!)
– why Bryan hates politics
– social desirability bias
– hyperbole and overconfidence
– innumeracy
– the irrationality of voters
– if irrationality has gotten worse
– why Bryan doesn’t vote
– the case for DEI being worse than McCarthyism
– politics as not utterly hopeless but “mostly hopeless”
– some small reasons for cautious optimism

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