Professor Jason Brennan explains why economic freedoms should matter as much as political freedoms.

Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Against Democracy (2016), Markets without Limits (2015), Compulsory Voting: For and Against (2014), Why Not Capitalism? (2014), Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012), The Ethics of Voting (2011), and A Brief History of Liberty (2010). Brennan also blogs at Bleeding Heart Libertarians.

In this clip, Professor Jason Brennan explains why economic freedoms should matter as much as political freedoms. While democratic participation is important, giving someone the right to vote is not the same thing as giving someone control over his or her life. In the absence of constitutional limitations that preserve large spheres of economic liberty, collective decisions can lead to losses of autonomy. Professor Brennan points out that economic freedom is about more than just dollars and cents; it’s about providing individuals with the autonomy to “lead the lives that they regard as authentically theirs.” Decisions about careers, spending habits, and financial plans belong in an extensive sphere of liberty that allows individuals to shape their lives according to their own values and goals.

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