Jason Brennan is the Flanagan Family Chair of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Ethics of Voting (Princeton), and Why Not Capitalism?. He writes regularly for Bleeding Heart Libertarians, a blog.
One of Zocalo's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 Brennan has a bright, pugilistic style, and he takes a sportsman's pleasure in upsetting pieties and demolishing weak logic. --Caleb Crain, New Yorker A brash, well-argued diatribe against the democratic system. There is much to mull over in this brazen stab at the American electoral process... Sure to cause howls of disagreement, but in the current toxic partisan climate, Brennan's polemic is as worth weighing as any other. --Kirkus Important. --Ilya Somin, Washington Post Volokh Conspiracy The book makes compelling reading for what is typically a dry area of discourse. This is theory that skips, rather than plods. --Molly Sauter, Los Angeles Times Among the best works in political philosophy in recent memory. --Zachary Woodman, Students for Liberty Challenging and insightful. --Alexander William Salter, Public Choice Lucidly written in provocative, sometimes brash tones, it is especially useful for the undergraduate classroom. --Choice Against Democracy seems scarily prescient today. Writing well before the twin shocks of the Brexit and the U.S. elections, the Georgetown political scientist makes a powerful case that popular democracy can be dangerous--and, provocatively, that irrational and incompetent voters should be excluded from democratic decision-making. The case for elitism in governance never read so well. --Zocalo Public Square Meticulous [and] crisply written. --Tom Clark, Prospect