Thursday, November 13, 2003

The Will of the People

I think that any duty the legislature has to serve as a buffer from the people's will must necessarily stem from the disparity in information available between the people and the representatives. If everyone has the same information, why should the representatives substitute their own interpretations, biases, and follies for those of their constituents? Unless one is to argue that the ability to get elected to Congress magically bestows upon the representatives an intelligence and foresight which their constituents lack, the representative should simply follow the will of the people in a world with perfect information. Therefore, I think a representative should vote the way his constituents would vote if they had perfect information.

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