Give me a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth. (Archimedes) A democracy … can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. (
"Rational irrationality"? Ew: I think I just threw up a little bit.
I guess that should go on a list of options, though I'm not optimistic about it.
What about Mars? I'm hoping that martian government(s) will be better just because the population will be smarter and more progress oriented than any Earth nation for a long time.
Voters get their views of what is happening largely from the media. The media is made up of organisations competing for voters' attention, so the media provides the most attention-grabbing versions of events compatible with the facts they can select to support those versions, and the result is false views of what is going on.
Assuming this is one influence inducing faulty political minds, a possible helpful step would be to widen current law covering the giving of false impressions (fraud, false advertising, etc.) to cover more communications - e.g. anything reasonably understood to be "news", or all media, or even any communications that unreasonably gives a false impression - i.e without steps reasonable in the context having been taken to present an accurate impression.
People have tried to sue media organisations for giving incorrect information and impressions of things, and courts have found that under current law there is no duty to report accurately. Why should it be legal to run businesses that operate mostly by giving false impressions?
By "the truth", do you approximately mean that elite political minds are so obsessed with signalling virture to their in group that they decide to defect and gradually erode the norms and effectiveness of institutions?
I'm somewhat unhappy about this attempted summary, but I can't think of anything else as concise. Do you have a better summary of what's wrong?
Also, if prediction markets continue to grow in scale, do you think that would be enough for people to start taking futarchy seriously? I'm guessing you'll say no, or you'll say that prediction markets won't continue to grow.
Tytler also appears to be a misattributed source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
The link for de Tocqueville has that quote tagged as a misattribution.