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In response to the bad rap capitalism gets in the mainstream, philosopher Jason Brennan makes a stunning moral defense of the economic system. Is capitalism exploitative? Immoral? Destructive? Brennan addresses these criticisms and more.

Join Jason to discuss his book and ask your questions August 6th at 9pm EDT!


Jason BrennanJason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses in ethics, political economy, moral psychology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He was formerly Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research, at Brown University.

He is the author of Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014), Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014), 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 Markets without Limits (Routledge, under contract, with Peter Jaworski), and Against Politics (Princeton University Press, under contract).

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