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Quotation of the Day…
Posted By Don Boudreaux On September 19, 2013 @ 8:10 am In Politics | Comments Disabled
… is from page 252 of the late William Riker’s 1982 book, Liberalism Against Populism  (link added):
The main defense against populist excesses is the maintenance of the constitutional limitations inherited from eighteenth-century Whiggery. It would probably help also to have a citizenry aware of the emptiness of the populist interpretation of voting. And surely a wide dissemination of the discoveries of social choice theory  is a desirable additional defense. But this dissemination of a rather arcane theory is a task for generations.
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 Liberalism Against Populism: http://www.amazon.com/Liberalism-Against-Populism-Confrontation-Democracy/dp/0881333670
 social choice theory: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2110686?uid=3739744&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102637051581
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