Jason Brennan Is A Welfare Whore

Jason Brennan is an incredibly pompous man who thinks he is hot shit because is an assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. To give just one example of how brilliant Jason Brennan is, here is a video of his where he disproves Christianity in five and a half minutes. Dips bedora. If only Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, or John Calvin had had a truly brilliant philosopher like Jason Brennan to show them their folly, the entire course of Western history could have been different!

He is also, not surprisingly for a man as self-important as Jason Brennan, a libertarian. However, as a libertarian philosophy professor he is certainly a minority within his notoriously left-wing class. Jason Brennan, along with a number of other libertarian philosophy professors, blog at a website called Bleeding Heart Libertarians, because the real problem with regular old libertarians is that they don’t care enough about the struggles of the economically disfranchised inner city yoofs, dontcha know.

In a series of recent entries on this blog, Jason got himself in a spot of trouble for the expression of opinions which are very unsympathetic, rather ironic for a “bleeding heart,” to the plight of adjuncts, known for making quite little money for the amount of “education” they have gone through. Put very simply, Jason thinks that adjuncts are “victims of their own bad choices.” They are essentially people who took a risk (getting a PhD) knowing, or ought to have known, that the odds of getting a tenure track professorship were not very high. As such, they are a victim of their own decisions, they made a bet and they lost, so we shouldn’t be especially sorry for them. Don’t call it a grave, it’s the future you chose. Besides, if they hate their situation so much they can just quit teaching, give up on their dreams, and get a job at Geico. (Jason Brennan actually used to work at Geico for some period of time.)

This has caused quite a stir in some sections of the internet as adjunct cat ladies and beta boys with PhDs in English, Medieval Studies, and Queer Theory, or whatever, assail Brennan for mansplaining, whitesplaining, and “tenuresplaining” to them. Any butthurt caused to this element is, of course, quite amusing, and for that, at least, I suppose Jason deserves a fedora tip.

Now, one would think that someone taking such a position would be quite humble himself. After all, Jason is in a tenure track professorship but by his argument he could just as easily be one of those lowly adjuncts that should switch to Geico. But a person thinking such things does not know Jason Brennan. No, Jason Brennan is where he is today, a super prestigious academic at Georgetown who you should totally revere, you plebs, not because he got lucky but because he is just so awesome that he played all his cards right and beat the house through his perfect combination of spending just the right amount of energy publishing and teaching.

LOL. You mad?
This is because Brennan actually has two different arguments which he vacillates between using motte-and-bailey tactics. He retreats into claims that tenures-track positions are like a lottery when challenged, but when unimpeded says that he deserves to be paid more because he provides more value through his superior publication record.

At this point, one might wonder why Jason is so concerned about being perceived as successful on hisown merits. One should always be careful with such psychoanalysis but Jason has admitted that he comes from a family that was not very well off and he had to take time off from college to work in a factory producing dildos (actually, semiconductors) because he had run out of money. From this, I think the most likely explanation for Jason’s bravado is that he is overcompensating for his past. Well, it’s either that or he wants to have sex with his mother or something, but we generally give Freud rather short shrift here at TRS.

But now to get to the title of the piece, it is common within radical libertarian circles to call certain people “welfare whores” who would not normally be perceived as being on government assistance. The best example of this is the controversial Facebook group “The Troops Are Welfare Whores” where libertarians assert the thesis that American soldiers don’t earn their pay because they don’t provide a valuable service because all taxation is theft. We here at TRS know, to the contrary, that some government functionaries are helpful and some even necessary for a properly functioning healthy society. Nevertheless, there is still a point there hidden in the libertarian rubberdashery. Some people really don’t actually earn their living by contributing anything of real value to society. Where the libertarians err is by thinking that these are composed entirely of government jobs and only by government jobs. A good example of these useless parasites is the average member of a human resources department. Another good example is your average college professor, and especially your average philosophy professor. I seriously doubt that Brennan’s “Beyond the Bottom Line: The Theoretical Goals of Moral Theorizing” is anything of actual value to society. Nor does teaching teenagers about Rawls’s veil of ignorance build any bridges, grow any food, nor deliver any packages. In a sane world, Brennan, like most philosophers, would be unable to make a living peddling his nonsense.

So we see Jason Brennan for what he truly is, an arrogant blowhard that provides nothing worthwhile to society, at least since he stopped producing semiconductors, and living off the contributions of the actually productive members of society that keep him housed, clothed, fed, and entertained. Jason Brennan is a welfare whore.

(Another good example of Jason’s arrogance is his assertion that famous libertarian Murray Rothbard, one of the most interesting libertarian figures, and not too far from Mencius Moldbug’s positions in his later years, was just a hack. Jason Brennan, in contrast, is certainly not a hack, he teaches at a far more prestigious university than Rothbard ever did. And neither is Robert Nozick, one of the respectable libertarians for Jason Brennan. Nozick did, after all, teach at Harvard.)

Brennan discussing important issues with a vibrant POC.