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

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The Moral Arc of Science and Reason

featuring Michael Shermer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2015

Michael Shermer joins us to discuss his newest book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.

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How Government Housing Policy Distorts the American Dream

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 26, 2015

We discuss the federal housing policy and homeownership in America. What political forces helped create our modern housing policy?

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What Does Libertarian Feminism Look Like?

featuring Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 19, 2015

Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins us for a discussion on libertarianism and women. 

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An Introduction to Public Choice

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2015

Peter Van Doren returns to Free Thoughts for a discussion on public choice economics and how it affects political decision making.

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The Right to Earn a Living

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?

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The Inhumanity of Torture

featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 29, 2014

Patrick Eddington joins us this week for a discussion on the recently-released Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs.

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Science Doesn’t Need Public Funding

featuring Terence Kealey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2014

Terence Kealey joins us for a discussion about publicly funding scientific research. Should science be funded by the government?

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The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

featuring Alex Epstein, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 15, 2014

Alex Epstein joins us for a discussion on fossil fuel use. How much have fossil fuels benefited humanity? Is there a moral case for their use?

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Welcome to the Sharing Economy

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 8, 2014

Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.

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The Limits of Utilitarianism

featuring Adam Gurri, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2014

Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.

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Liberty and the American Experience

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 24, 2014

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.

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What Influences Elections?

featuring John Samples, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 17, 2014

John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.

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The Cost of Earning More Money

featuring Dan Russell and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 10, 2014

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?

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The Internet Doesn’t Need to Be Saved

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 3, 2014

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on net neutrality. What is net neutrality, and why do people seem to get so upset about it?

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When Is It Appropriate to Go to War?

featuring Justin Logan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 27, 2014

Justin Logan joins us for a conversation about American foreign policy. What’s the libertarian solution for military overspending and overreach?

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“Libertarian” Paternalism?

featuring Bill Glod, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 20, 2014

Bill Glod joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts for a discussion on so-called libertarian paternalism.

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How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

featuring Russell Roberts, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 13, 2014

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.

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The Changing Role of Criminal Law

featuring Tim Lynch and Trevor Burrus on Oct 6, 2014

Tim Lynch joins Trevor Burrus this week for a discussion on the role of criminal law in America.