“Don’t Vote,” Said the Wise Man

by John J. Miller on November 2, 2010 · 0 comments

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Gordon Tullock, the economist who deserves a Nobel Prize, doesn’t vote. Here’s an extract from my NR profile of him:

“Anthony Downs [an economist] convinced me long ago that I stand a greater chance of being killed in a car accident on the way to the polls than I do of making a difference with my vote,” he says. “So why bother?” Tullock takes great pleasure in announcing this view — and on Election Day, friends enjoy attaching their “I Voted” stickers to his office door.

Tullock probably would enjoy P.J. O’Rourke’s new book: Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards. P.J. is my Election Day podcast victim.

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