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Ilya Somin

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Somin is a prominent blogger at the Volokh Conspiracy, focussing on issues related to democracy, federalism, and property rights.

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The Problem of Political Ignorance

featuring Ilya Somin on Jun 20, 2012

What happens in a democracy when voters are too ignorant to vote well about the things they vote about? How can we best counter this political ignorance?

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Democracy and Political Ignorance

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 3, 2014

Ilya Somin asks, “What happens in a democracy when voters don’t know what they’re voting for or against?”

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The Politics of Star Wars

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 18, 2015

Ilya Somin joins us to talk about the politics behind the galaxy’s most popular epic space fantasy franchise.

Free Thoughts

The World According to Star Wars

featuring Cass R. Sunstein, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 2, 2016

Cass R. Sunstein joins us to talk about his new book, The World According to Star Wars. How did the Star Wars franchise become a cultural touchstone?

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Class for Classical Liberals

by Jason Kuznicki on Feb 10, 2012

Charles Murray’s new book raises intriguing questions—but is far less objectionable than one might think.

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Recent Developments in Originalism

by Miles Pope on Dec 5, 2011

Pope discusses the relationship between libertarianism and originalism, indicating that not all originalist are libertarian.