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*When All Else Fails* Is Out!

I’m pleased to report my ninth book, When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice is now out with Princeton University Press. Read chapter one here. Kit Wellman’s review: “A superb book. Brennan clearly and convincingly defends the radical idea that ordinary citizens may use force against injustice perpetrated by government officials, just as they would against fellow citizens.”―Christopher Heath Wellman, Washington University in St. Louis Blurb: Why you...

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When Non-Violence Isn’t Enough at Reason

Today at Reason, I have a longer write-up summarizing some of the main moves I make in When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice. Read it here. If you see, e.g., cops using excessive force, or arresting someone for something that shouldn’t be a crime, may you resist? I argue yes–you may treat them the way you would treat private civilians doing the same thing. Of course, that’s dangerous: Shooting the cops in this case is dangerous—they may send a SWAT team to...

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For Whom the Heart Bleeds

In In Defense of Openness, Bas and I respond to supposedly “left-wing” opposition to open borders. Leftist opposition to open borders is especially puzzling. It usually begins with the controversial empirical claim that open borders would benefit the world’s very poor (true), but this benefit would come at the expense of the low-skilled workers in developed countries (controversial). The thought is that low-skilled foreign workers are substitutes for low-skilled...

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Hassoun’s Argument for Global Redistribution

In In Defense of Openness, Bas and I wonder why so much of the global justice literature defends the opposite conclusions of development economics. Philosophers ignore or more often denigrate property rights and trade, despite the overwhelming evidence these things are necessary for sustained growth, and spend most of their time defending global redistribution, despite the evidence the strong evidence that redistribution generally doesn’t help, especially redistribution within...

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Denying Asylum ≠ Justifying Deportation; Open Borders ≠ Universal Asylum

A Facebook exchange today illustrated how some people conflate A) open borders with B) granting asylum to everyone. Or, perhaps, they conflate A) denying asylum to asylum seekers with B) permissibly deporting those asylum seekers. For instance, you may have seen the video of the Swedish woman who refused to sit down in an airplane in order to delay someone from being deported. Fox News now reports the man in question was denied asylum because he had committed assault. Two comments:...

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National Sovereignty and Immigration

Rights Theory, Liberalism Jay: “I advocate open borders.”Lots of people Left and Right: “What, you don’t believe in national sovereignty?”Jay: “Well, no, but even if I did, invoking national sovereignty doesn’t resolve the issue.” Many people think something like the following argument is sound:1. States have a right to national sovereignty.2. National...

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Political Stability in the Open Society

Links, Rights Theory John Thrasher and I have published an article in the American Journal of Political Science, “Political Stability in the Open Society,” that BHL readers may find of interest. If you’re interested in how to have a diverse and free but stable social order, take a look. I’m cross-posting the blog post linked here. In “Political Stability in the...

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