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Either people are always voting in their best interest, and to suggest otherwise is insulting, or they are not.

If they are, that means that they were also voting in their best interest when they chose the other way.

If they are not, then the arguments advanced in the election campaign can be compared with the outcomes and likely outcomes of the policies enacted.

I think the second way of looking at things is the correct one. That does imply that people can be tricked, but also that the real input from the demos is quite limited in these democracies of ours.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 10:57:29 AM EST
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