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The Ethics of Voting
Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. In this provocative book, Jason Brennan challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for...more
ebook, 216 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Princeton University Press
(first published March 14th 2011)
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Next to Bryan Caplan's "The Myth of the Rational Voter", this is my favorite book on voting. "The Ethics of Voting" by Jason Brennan challenges many of the fundamental arguments that are made by democratic fundamentalists about voting while using a great body of research and data to back up Brennan's claims. The book begins by making the case that people do not have a duty to vote; instead, they have a duty to be well-informed when they do vote. When an individual is ill-informed and votes, he o...more
Jason Brennan is Assistant Professor of Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Ethics of Voting and co-author of A Brief History of Liberty. He also writes for the popular blog Bleeding Heart Libertarians.More about Jason Brennan...