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One thing that Ralph Nader has complained about is that the public will study sports statistics ad nauseam, but if you try to make a moderately involved argument about policy their head starts to spin.

It's a matter of mental blocks, and the fact that people educate themselves (and are educated by the media) on sports statistics but not on economic statistics.

The crappy, simplistic argument always wins if you submit policy to a popular vote, unfortunately. I have no idea how you would change that - you cannot force people to educate themselves.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2005 at 08:11:00 AM EST
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