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Is Democracy Just?

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Jason Brennan

Jason Brennan

Many people believe democracy is just not merely because it delivers the goods. They think democracy uniquely expresses the idea that all people are equal, that democracy empowers us, and that democracy is an end in itself. Brennan argues that this is a mistake. Brennan posits that democracy is merely an instrument for producing good outcomes, nothing more. It’s a flawed instrument at that. If we can find a better functioning system, we should feel free to use it.


Jason Brennan, Ph.D., is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University.  He is the author of seven books, including Against Democracy, The Ethics of Voting, and Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill.


WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Jason Brennan, Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016)


5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland Campus)


Jason Brennan Event Poster
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public