Jason Brennan

Jason Brennan

Assistant Professor of Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy
Georgetown University

Jason Brennan is Assistant Professor of Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of 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). His research concerns democratic theory, government failure, civic virtue, and government legitimacy. He blogs at bleedingheartlibertarians.com.


Rational Ignorance

Citizens Divided?


Death Penalty: Justice, or Just Too Far?

The death penalty has been a topic of fierce debate for decades. From basic pros and cons lists to statistics supported cost analysis, the different arguments for or against capital…

Should You Be Forced to Vote?

In an effort to increase voter turnout, some countries have laws requiring citizens to vote or face a penalty. Should the United States adopt such a practice? Professor Jason Brennan…

How to Vote Well

To vote well, we need more than just information. We also need to process information in an open-minded and reliable way. Unfortunately, research shows that individuals aren’t very good at…

Who Needs Economic Freedom When You Can Vote?

Although everyone agrees that freedom is important, political freedoms are often prioritized over economic freedoms.  Many believe that the best way to maximize personal freedom is to furnish each individual…

How Cronyism Is Hurting the Economy

The United States economy suffers from corporatism and cronyism, which occurs when businesses collude with government to obtain special benefits. The Occupy Wall Street movement has decried this rampant cronyism,…