Knowledge Problem

Given that I only missed one question on this test of civic knowledge, I suppose I can be considered civically literate, a fact which evidently distinguishes me from a typical politician:

Officeholders typically have less civic knowledge than the general public. On average, they score 44%, five percentage points lower than non-officeholders.

Several questions deal with economics. Said one test taker: “Oh, drat!”

The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents' basic understanding of economic principles, asking why "free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning?"

I was pleasantly surprised at the Hayekian flavor of the credited response to the above question. Too many students of economics can construct neat little diagrams and solve consumption functions while missing the truly marvelous insights just beyond the slopes. It's a good sign that a question written for non-economists manages to bypass these constructions and arrive at the true destination.