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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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The Radio Right (with Paul Matzko)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Paul Matzko on May 22, 2020

Paul Matzko, the host of Building Tomorrow, joins the show to talk about how the government orchestrated one of the largest censorship campaigns in history against right wing radio in the 1960’s, but many people still don’t know about it. 

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When Innovation Breaks the Rules (with Adam Thierer)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Adam Thierer on May 15, 2020

Evasive Entrepreneurs, innovators who don’t always conform to social or legal norms, are changing the world and challenging their governments.

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Forgotten Libertarians (with Paul Meany)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Paul Meany on May 8, 2020

The host of Portraits of Liberty, Paul Meany, joins the show to highlight historical thinkers who may not have been strictly libertarian, but argued for a freer world.

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The Covid-19 Economy

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Ryan Bourne, & Diego Zuluaga on May 1, 2020

Ryan Bourne and Diego Zuluaga come back to the show to talk about how both fiscal and monetary policy are changing drastically to respond to COVID-19. 

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Is Homeschooling Dangerous? (with Kevin Currie-Knight)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Kevin Currie-Knight on Apr 24, 2020

Kevin Currie-Knight comes back to the show to discuss different methods of homeschooling and how parents are handling the education of their children during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Libertarianism and Copyright (with Radu Uszkai)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Radu Uszkai on Apr 17, 2020

Radu Uszkai joins the show today to talk about if the case against intellectual property can be strengthened by appealing to the work of F.A. Hayek.

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How Innovation Works (with Matt Ridley)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, Trevor Burrus, & Matt Ridley on Apr 10, 2020

Matt Ridley joins the show today to talk about his new book, How Innovation Works.

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Must Politics Be War? (with Kevin Vallier)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Kevin Vallier on Apr 3, 2020

Kevin Vallier joins the show today to discuss how politics itself is nothing more than a power struggle between groups with irreconcilable aims. 

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The Nationalism Problem (with Stephanie Slade)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Stephanie Slade on Mar 27, 2020

Stephanie Slade joins the show to talk about her new cover story for Reason Magazine; Against the New Nationalism. 

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Politics Makes Us Worse

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 20, 2020

In the United States, nothing makes us hate each other quite like politics.

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Do We Have a Duty to Vote? (with Julia Maskivker)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Julia Maskivker on Mar 13, 2020

Julia Maskivker joins the show today to discuss how she believes we have a duty to vote because it is a morally unique action. 

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Overdoing Democracy (with Robert Talisse)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Robert Talisse on Mar 6, 2020

In this far-reaching conversation, we look at the problems of American democracy, at the sources of polarization and tribalism, and offer ways each of us could take small steps towards improving the state of our politics.

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Medicalization of Birth & Death (with Lauren K. Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Lauren K. Hall on Feb 21, 2020

Lauren K. Hall joins the show today to argue that medicalization reduces competition, stifles innovation, and prevents individuals from accessing the most appropriate care during their most vulnerable moments.

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The Evolution of Cooperation (with Nicholas A. Christakis)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Nicholas A. Christakis on Feb 14, 2020

Nicholas Christakis joins the show today to talk about how humans are unique in that we have evolved the capacity for friendship.

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Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, George Selgin, & Diego Zuluaga on Feb 7, 2020

George Selgin and Diego Zuluaga return to the show to talk about how the capability of bitcoin is still in its infancy.

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Rebuilding America (with Yuval Levin)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Yuval Levin on Jan 24, 2020

Yuval Levin joins the show to discuss how the left and right alike respond with populist anger at our institutions that seem to be failing the American people.