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- In a modern democracy, not only can a libertarian be elitist; a libertarian has to be elitist. To be a libertarian in a modern democracy is to say that nearly 300 million Americans are wrong, and a handful of nay-sayers are right.
- Quoted in Elitism or Populism: Pick Your Poison, by Arnold Kling (November 12, 2006)
- Through the lens of the Jock/Nerd Theory of History, the welfare state doesn’t look like a serious effort to "equalize outcomes." It looks more like a serious effort to block the "revenge of the nerds"—to keep them from using their financial success to unseat the jocks on every dimension of social status.
- Redistribution: Blocking the Revenge of the Nerds? (June 21, 2007)
- Intellectual Autobiography of Bryan Caplan at econfaculty.gmu.edu