John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.
Professor Daniel C. Russell joins us this week to talk about income and happiness. What do we give up by taking opportunities to earn more money?
Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on net neutrality. What is net neutrality, and why do people on the internet seem to get so upset about it?
Justin Logan joins us for a conversation about American foreign policy. What’s the libertarian solution for military overspending and overreach?
Bill Glod joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts for a discussion on so-called libertarian paternalism.
Russ Roberts joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts to talk about his new book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life.
Tim Lynch joins Trevor Burrus this week for a discussion on the role of criminal law in America.
David Kopel joins us this week for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms.
Julian Sanchez joins Trevor Burrus and Matthew Feeney for a discussion on privacy, the NSA, and domestic surveillance.
Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.
Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”
What is money and where does it come from? How did the government become so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why?
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.
Greg Lukianoff joins us for a discussion about the state of free speech on college campuses in the United States.
Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority in the United States and around the world.
Clark Neily joins us for a discussion on judicial engagement and judicial abdication. Have there been large changes in theories about the roles of judges?
Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?
What does libertarianism have to offer Christianity? Are there Christian beliefs that would strengthen libertarianism’s philosophical foundation?
Megan McArdle says that recognizing failure—and in some cases embracing it—is a crucial part of what makes American culture, markets, and society successful.
What happens when laws create more injustice than they fix? Is America “overlawyered”?
Why are people so angry at “Wall Street” all the time? What exactly is Wall Street, anyway?
Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?
The problems of knowledge, interest, and power always emerge when people live in a society with each other. How can we best resolve these problems?
Who loses when regulations have unexpected consequences: the companies or the consumers the regulations are meant to protect?
What libertarian ideas and policies would be particularly helpful for black Americans?
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