Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Clemson University

Dr. Brandon Turner is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University, where he works in political theory. He earned his B.A. from Miami University of Ohio (2004), and his M.A.and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). He is currently revising a manuscript titled Antagonism in the Liberal Tradition. He previously taught for one year at Wake Forest University. His research interests are in the history of modern political thought, particularly British liberal thought, as well as theories of republicanism.

Blog Posts

Stop calling out the hypocrites

In a few short weeks, Donald Trump will assume the presidency. On executive orders, judicial appointments, political obstructionism, infrastructure spending, and war-making powers, rest assured: flips will be flopped, shoes will make their way onto the other foot, turnabout will be fair play, and libertarians of all stripes will be there to point out the hypocrisy.

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What is the point of reading?

Why should students read big, difficult books if they have perfectly good summaries available to them?

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John Locke’s Top 5 Radical Political Ideas

John Locke’s most important ideas, for your list-reading pleasure.

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Videos

Marxism vs Welfarism

The new idea on the Left today isn’t so much Marxism as Welfarism. That’s how Prof. Brandon Turner explains today’s politics. Full video on Facebook

In the Trump Era, Remember Institutions

Prof. Brandon Turner says the Trump era is a crucial time for classical liberals to focus on the importance of institutions like the rule of law. Full video on Facebook

Marxism and Class Consciousness

Prof. Brandon Turner says libertarians can learn a lot from Karl Marx, even though they disagree with him on the nature of self-interest. Watch the full-length video on Facebook 

How Much Immigration Is Too Much Immigration?

The United States has laws in place to limit the number of immigrants granted entry. How many immigrants should be allowed to call America home? Bryan Caplan, professor of economics…

Is Fixing Inequality A Matter of Justice?

The question of how to address poverty in the United States is complicated. Steven Horwitz, chair of the department of economics at St. Lawrence University, and Jeffrey Reiman, professor of…

A Marxian Case for Capitalism

The question of how to address poverty in the United States is complicated. Steven Horwitz, chair of the department of economics at St. Lawrence University, and Jeffrey Reiman, professor of…

Debate: What To Do About Poverty

This Learn Liberty debate presents arguments for and against more government assistance to help the poor in the United States. Prof. Steven Horwitz argues that the government has created too…

When Capitalism Fails (Why Won’t Anyone Think Of The Children?)

The question of how to address poverty in the United States is complicated. Steven Horwitz, chair of the department of economics at St. Lawrence University, and Jeffrey Reiman, professor of…

What Wasn’t Said in “Wealth Inequality In America”

Wealth inequality may be REAL, but is it FAIR? And what does it mean for a society to be fair? Learn Liberty asked these questions to two professors — a…

Debate: Is There Too Much Inequality?

Wealth inequality may be real, but is it fair? And what does it mean for a society to be fair? Learn Liberty asked these questions to two professors — a…