To Avoid Tyranny of the Majority? Sell Votes, Economist Says

To Avoid the Tyranny of the Majority, Buy Votes, Economist Says 2

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With "Quadratic Voting," California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 (later struck down) would never have passed, says a U. of Chicago economist.

If the dismal spectacle of the government shutdown has created any openness to changing how we elect leaders—and how they make decisions—a young economist at the University of Chicago is ready with a proposal.

The rather extreme notion, floated by E. Glen Weyl and amplified by his Chicago law-school colleague Eric Posner, would scrap one man, one vote in favor of a complex system of vote-purchasing. Yes, vote-purchasing. Under this system, called quadratic