Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten

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Season 6, Episode 1

We Americans may love our democracy — at least in theory — but at the moment our feelings toward the Federal government lie somewhere between disdain and hatred. Which electoral and political ideas should be killed off to make way for a saner system? This episode features ideas from Olympia SnoweHoward Dean, Joaquin Castro, Eric Posner, Bruce AckermanKathleen Hall Jamieson, and Karl Rove.

Plus, we hear Bryan Caplan talk about an idea from his book The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies: Politicians tell voters exactly what they want to hear, even when it makes no sense — which is pretty much all the time.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Ten Ideas to Make Politics Less Rotten” and “We the Sheeple.”

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