The Cowen Challenge

Tyler Cowen asks: "Here is my question for the left-wing bloggers: How good would The Wire be, if it had to appeal to 300 million plus viewers? While it is obvious that politics is a form of mass culture, this point is not made with sufficient frequency for my taste."

Obviously, under those circumstances The Wire would suck, just as the rhetoric engaged in by presidential campaign is incredibly dumb if evaluated as serious analysis of public policy or the structure of American political institutions. That said, the libertarianish line of reasoning that goes "politics is tawdry and often corrupt and therefore you liberals should go home and just let things become even more dominated by the corrupt interests of the wealthy and large business enterprises" doesn't make sense to me.