Why Most Americans Shouldn't Vote

October 12, 2012

Jason BrennanOn Thursday, October 18, Dr. Jason Brennan of Georgetown University will speak at Hampden-Sydney College on, "Why Most Americans Shouldn't Vote."  Brennan is Assistant Professor of Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University and specializes in political philosophy and applied ethics.  

Brennan challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens--in fact, he argues, many people owe it to the rest of us not to vote.  Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless wars, and calamitous economic policies. Brennan shows why voters have duties to make informed decisions in the voting booth, to base their decisions on sound evidence for what will create the best possible policies, and to promote the common good rather than their own self-interest.

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).  He is currently writing Compulsory Voting: For and Against, a debate with co-author Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, under contract).

Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Political Economy, the lecture will begin at 7:30 PM in Kirk Snyder Hall.  A book signing will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.