Monday, May 24, 2010
I agree with Bryan Caplan's take on Arthur Brooks new book; I wish I agreed with the premise but I think it is absurd. Brooks is arguing that 2/3rds of Americans are solid free enterprise folks but the other Social Democratic 1/3rd has managed to capture all influence and power and steer the country towards sclerosis (read: Obamacare). I don't think the median voter has all that coherent a political ideology. I think at the federal level politics seems to large, distant and abstract to really have any influence. That Americans are at heart more libertarian is probably true in relationship to the average European but Americans like a lot of interventionism too.