Jason Brennan will present the annual Brandt Foundation Lecture titled “Why Not Capitalism” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Brennan specializes in politics, philosophy and economics as the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
While most economists believe capitalism works better than socialism because humans are not kind and generous enough to make socialism work, Brennan argues that capitalism would remain the best system even if we were morally perfect. Even in an ideal world, private property and free markets would be the best way to promote mutual cooperation, social justice, harmony and prosperity, he notes.
“Jason Brennan has, in a number of books, provided new philosophical arguments in support of capitalism and against socialism,” said Allen Dalton, manager of the Brandt Foundation Lecture Series. “His belief that capitalism occupies the moral high ground even challenges the thinking of many defenders of free markets. The Brandt Foundation lecture series is excited to be a forum where professor Brennan can share those ideas with students and the public in the Treasure Valley.”
Brennan is the author of “When All Else Fails: Resistance, Violence, and State Injustice”, “In Defense of Openness: Global Justice as Global Freedom,” “Why Not Capitalism?”, “Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know” and more. His books have been translated 14 times, into Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, German, Italian, Greek, Mongolian and Swedish.
The Brandt Foundation Lectures at Boise State University are made possible by the generosity of the John H. and Orah I. Brandt Foundation. The Brandt Foundation Lectures bring noted speakers to campus who have made important contributions to public understanding of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and the Constitution. Beginning with the 2004 inaugural lecture by Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, the Brandt Foundation Lectures have attracted large audiences and contributed significantly to Boise State and the larger community.
The annual lectures are free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Free parking will be available near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.