Jason Brennan
Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair

Jason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics.

He is the author of Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016), Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2015), Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014), Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011), and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

He is currently writing Global Justice as Global Freedom, with Bas van der Vossen, under contract with Oxford University Press, as well as Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Bad Business Ethics of Higher Ed, with Phil Magness, also under contract with Oxford University Press. He is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism.



Books Authored by Jason Brennan

Most political debate is superficial. Just turn on cable news. Philosophy is for people who want to understand the deep... Read more
Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of... Read more
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May you sell your vote? May you sell your kidney? May gay men pay surrogates to bear them children? May spouses pay each... Read more
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Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the... Read more
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In many democracies, voter turnout is low and getting lower. If the people choose not to govern themselves, should they be... Read more
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In this timely new entry in Oxford's acclaimed series What Everyone Needs to Know®, Brennan offers a nuanced... Read more
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Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral... Read more
Using a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, --  A Brief History of Liberty... Read more

Videos by Jason Brennan


How to Vote Well

It's easy to cast a vote, but being an informed voter takes added effort. Research shows that most people have biases that affect the way they view the world. If unchecked, these biases also affect...
YouTube Channel: Learn Liberty

Webpage: https://www.youtube.com/embed/2BL7I-DzY0c

Should You Be Forced to Vote?

To increase voter turnout, some countries require citizens to vote or face a penalty. Prof. Jason Brennan outlines several reasons the United States should not adopt such a law. For example,...
YouTube Channel: Learn Liberty

Webpage: https://www.youtube.com/embed/qzTtsIf43WY

Who Needs Economic Freedom When You Can Vote?

In this clip, Professor Jason Brennan explains why economic freedoms should matter as much as political freedoms. While democratic participation is important, giving someone the right to vote is not...
YouTube Channel: Learn Liberty

Webpage: https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgCw0kn_m8U

How Cronyism is Hurting the Economy

Find LearnLiberty on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/X9qijG Beyond Bailouts: What Is Cronyism?: http://mercatus.org/publication/beyond-bailouts-what-cronyism It is clear big businesses wield great...
YouTube Channel: Learn Liberty

Webpage: https://www.youtube.com/embed/gSgUENZ9O94