Is it rational to vote?

Hear me interviewed on the topic here.

P.S. The interview was fine but I don’t agree with everything on the linked website. For example, this bit:

Global warming is not the first case of a widespread fear based on incomplete knowledge turned out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. Global warming has many of the characteristics of a popular delusion, an irrational fear or cause that is embraced by millions of people because, well, it is believed by millions of people!

All right, then.

2 Responses to Is it rational to vote?

  1. Sebastian August 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I do wonder why you did this interview. Heartland’s main agenda is climate change “skepticism” (for a while they had regular NYT ads about that) – I understand your intention to spread the word about your work/polisci research, but doesn’t the downside of lending legitimacy to them outweigh the benefits?

  2. Andrew Gelman August 6, 2011 at 9:03 am #


    I don’t really think I’m lending them much legitimacy, but maybe you’re right. There are some organizations I’d never want to be associated with, but I’m not quite sure where to draw the line.

    The short answer is that I did look up Heartland before doing the interview, but I did only a quick scan, enough to note that they are a conservative organization but not enough to note the silly stuff on global warming.