Bryan Caplan


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Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He received his B.S. in economics from University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. His professional work has been devoted to the philosophies of libertarianism and free-market capitalism and anarchism. (He is the author of the Anarchist Theory FAQ.) He has published in American Economic Review, Public Choice, and the Journal of Law and Economics, among others. He is a blogger at the EconLog blog along with Arnold Kling, and occasionally has been a guest blogger at Marginal Revolution with two of his colleagues at George Mason, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. He is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute in Washington, D. ...more

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It’s Complicated: Grasping the Syllogism

A few weeks ago, I presented the following syllogism:


 


Issue X is complicated.


Perspective Y’s position on X is not complicated.


Therefore, Perspective Y is wrong about X.


 


Almost all of the comments were critical.  Some notable examples:


Dan:


As someone who used to live in San Francisco and was involved in YIMBY activism, this argument was used frustratingly often by NIMBYs: “The housing crisis

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“What happens if fully rational politicians compete for the support of irrational voters — specifically, voters with irrational beliefs about the effects of various policies? It is a recipe for mendacity.”
Bryan Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

“Both bad driving and bad voting are dangerous not merely to the individual who practices them, but to innocent bystanders.”
Bryan Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

“take the opposite approach: Voters’ lack of decisiveness changes everything. Voting is not a slight variation on shopping. Shoppers have incentives to be rational. Voters do not. The naive view of democracy, which paints it as a public forum for solving social problems, ignores more than a few frictions. It overlooks the big story inches beneath the surface. When voters talk about solving social problems, they primary aim is to boost their self-worth by casting off the workaday shackles of objectivity.”
Bryan Caplan, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies - New Edition

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