Aaron, Austin, and Jason all come together to discuss two classically progressive ideas which are manifesting themselves again in the race to the 2020 election; establishing a national popular vote and packing the Supreme Court. Jason goes over the history of why these are terrible ideas, as well as making certain remarks about potatoes. Austin talks about how both reforms would utterly undermine any legitimate authority of the Court or the electoral process, let alone the implications that each would have for the legal system. Aaron discusses why basic social psychological principles about perceived legitimacy and decision-making make it plain that yes, these are bad ideas with potentially disastrous unforeseen consequences.
Walter Williams on why the U.S. is a republic, not a democracy: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/01/17/republic-not-democracy/
Economist Gary M. Galles on the why the popular vote is not election reform: https://fee.org/articles/national-popular-vote-is-not-electoral-reform/?fbclid=IwAR1usFJC6SyuZQRoltkQLpp8mY7DBKRxreTUNnViTJUwsUCSUIfhifvvv2c
Politico’s summary of the arguments made for expanding the Supreme Court: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/18/2020-democrats-supreme-court-1223625
Gary M. Galles on why packing the Supreme Court is also a bad idea: https://fee.org/articles/why-packing-the-supreme-court-is-a-bad-idea/?fbclid=IwAR3LOgmJroYHJhzgEs_thCPE3uq-u_YlVhRTIDfDQWUaZTKkmKCZU7BD-S0
George Mason Law professor, Ilya Somin, on the dangers of supreme court expansion: https://reason.com/volokh/2019/03/20/dangers-of-growing-support-for-court-pac?fbclid=IwAR3F59VMW4rHC2o6G0OTb4vpaGDqkLjMfoPQH9QXDhOFOoiirQPt2wWdDrc