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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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In Defense of Big Business (with Tyler Cowen)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Tyler Cowen on May 17, 2019

Tyler Cowen joins us to discuss the value of work and how big businesses give people opportunities to feel fulfilled in their lives. 

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Objections to Libertarianism (with Eric Mack)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Eric Mack on May 10, 2019

Eric Mack joins our show again to talk about common objections to libertarianism by dissecting John Rawls viewpoint. 

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The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Jacob T. Levy on May 3, 2019

WARNING this episode contains spoilers to most, if not all, Marvel movies, please listen with caution. 

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Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Christopher A. Preble on Apr 26, 2019

Christopher A. Preble joins us to discuss his new book; Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy, coming out April 30th, 2019. 

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Unbundling the State (with Jason Kuznicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Jason Kuznicki on Apr 19, 2019

Jason Kuznicki discusses how the problem of political authority has evolved over time from a classical liberal perspective. 

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Quitting the Border Patrol (with Josh Childress)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Patrick G. Eddington, and Joshua Childress on Apr 5, 2019

Joshua Childress, a former Customs Border Patrol agent, joins us to discuss how his views conflicted with the work he was doing on the border. 

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Happy (Belated) Birthday James Madison!

featuring John Samples, Gene Healy, and Michael B. Levy on Mar 22, 2019

James Madison would have turned 268 on March 16, 2019, so in honor of that, we explore his political life. 

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The Collapse of the Local Community (with Tim Carney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Mar 8, 2019

‘Forgotten America’ or ‘Alienated America’? Tim Carney joins us to discuss his book about the impact that strong communities have on people’s lives.

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Is Trump Deregulating? (With Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 18, 2019

Peter Van Doren joins us to discuss if Trump has actually kept his campaign promises of deregulation.