This week on Q&A, our guest is educator and author Jason Brennan to discuss his latest book titled “Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know.” He suggests that his goal in the book is to make libertarianism seem reasonable to people who aren’t inclined to know much about it. He describes the book as a primer in the political philosophy described as libertarianism.
Brennan reviews well know libertarians such as Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman, as well as Adam Smith and John Locke. He broadly defines three categories of libertarian thinkers as classical liberals, hard libertarians and neo-classical liberals. He names examples of each category and talks about their views on many different economic and social issues. Brennan explains that the book is the latest in a series of “What Everyone Needs to Know” books published by Oxford University Press. In addition, he credits his high school economics teacher, Michael Lee in Hudson, New Hampshire with getting him interested in the study of libertarianism.
Jason Brennan is assistant professor of Strategy, Economics and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of New Hampshire, and his Master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Arizona. This is his third book. He is married, has two sons, and lives in the Washington, DC suburbs.