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Free Thoughts Podcast

A show about libertarianism and the ideas that influence it. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus.

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A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America

featuring John C. Goodman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 7, 2015

John C. Goodman, the “Father of Health Savings Accounts,” joins us for a discussion on the American health care system.

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Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

featuring Michael D. Tanner, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 31, 2015

Michael Tanner joins us to talk about the national debt and America’s various entitlement programs and their implications on the country’s future.

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When Is Voluntary Choice Really Voluntary?

featuring Michael C. Munger, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 24, 2015

Michael Munger joins us for a discussion on the nature of voluntary choice in economics. 

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What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 20, 2015

Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?

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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom

featuring Jacob T. Levy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 6, 2015

Jacob T. Levy explains the tension between liberal political thought and rationalist suspicion of localized power. 

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Taxation: How the Government Funds Itself

featuring Daniel J. Mitchell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 15, 2015

Daniel J. Mitchell joins us for a discussion on taxation in America. 

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The Ideas of Friedrich Hayek

featuring Steven Horwitz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 8, 2015

Steven G. Horwitz joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of one of the 20th century’s greatest intellectuals, Friedrich Hayek.

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The Austrian Tradition in Economics

featuring Peter J. Boettke, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 1, 2015

Peter J. Boettke joins us to explain the origins and methodology of the Austrian tradition in economics.

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From Jailer to Jailed: Bernard Kerik’s Story

featuring Bernard B. Kerik, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 25, 2015

Bernard Kerik joins us to share his experience on both sides of the criminal justice system as former New York City Police Commissioner and as an inmate.

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End the IRS Before It Ends Us

featuring Grover Norquist, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 18, 2015

Grover Norquist joins us to tell us about his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and his plan to eliminate the IRS as we know it.

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How Free Trade Creates Wealth

featuring Daniel J. Ikenson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 11, 2015

Dan Ikenson joins us to explain how trade between countries increases wealth all around—and why restricting that trade is harmful to economic growth.

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The Cato Institute and the Libertarian Movement

featuring Edward H. Crane, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 4, 2015

Edward H. Crane joins us to talk about the early days of the Libertarian Party and the Cato Institute, which he founded almost 40 years ago in 1977.

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The Radical Notion of Individualism

featuring George H. Smith, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 27, 2015

George H. Smith joins us to talk about Libertarianism.org’s first book, which is a reader on the topic of individualism.

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The End of Socialism

featuring James Otteson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 13, 2015

Is an idealized form of socialism possible, and if not, why not?