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Somin Book Discussed on CNN

Professor Ilya Somin’s book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter was discussed on CNN’s weekly public affair program Global Public Square on November 9, 2014.

Host Fareed Zakaria said, “Sadly pervasive ignorance is hardly a new phenomenon as the scholar Ilya Somin points out in his book . . . . He notes that only 38 percent of Americans knew that the Soviet Union was not a member of NATO in 1964 at the height of the Cold War. In 1986, a majority of Americans were unable to identify Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by name. Now, someone concedes that it’s rational for people to not worry about acquiring the knowledge to vote smarter, because the chances of a single vote counting are negligible.”

Read the show transcript