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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 Libertarian Moment?

featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 3, 2015

Katherine Mangu-Ward joins us to talk about the “libertarian moment” and the past and future of libertarianism more broadly.

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War Is the Health of the State

featuring Christopher A. Preble on Aug 28, 2015

Christopher Preble examines ways in which an aggressive foreign policy aids the growth of government.

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Lysander Spooner’s Letter to Grover Cleveland

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 21, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us for a discussion on Lysander Spooner’s “Letter to Grover Cleveland,” which Spooner wrote in the last year of his life.

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 14, 2015

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals. 

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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.