Jason Brennan


Associate Professor


MSB Faculty


Having finished The Ethics of Voting, I am now working on The Politics of Voting. I argue that the political liberties are typically not of much value to the people that hold them. Both epistocracy and democracy can be just, if not ideal, in principle, but neither is likely to be just in practice. I argue that citizens have a right to competent political administration, and that for a democratic can be legitimate only insofar as it ensures competence. Contrary to the status quo in democratic theory, I argue that epistocracy is compatible with the liberal principle of legitimacy. I challenge arguments claiming that the political liberties must be distributed equally as a matter of basic justice. Finally, I argue that mandatory voting laws are unjust, unnecessary, and potentially harmful.