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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 Right to Keep and Bear Arms

featuring David B. Kopel, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 29, 2014

David Kopel joins us this week for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms.

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Deconstructing the Surveillance State

featuring Julian Sanchez, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Sep 22, 2014

Julian Sanchez joins us for a discussion on privacy, the NSA, and domestic surveillance.

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The Problem of Political Authority

featuring Michael Huemer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 15, 2014

Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.

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Listener Q&A: Where Are All the Libertarian Countries?

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 8, 2014

Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”

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The Story of Money in the United States

featuring George Selgin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 1, 2014

George Selgin tells the story of how the American government became so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why.

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The Libertarian Supreme Court

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Aug 25, 2014

Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.

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Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

featuring Greg Lukianoff, Trevor Burrus, and Jason Kuznicki on Aug 18, 2014

Greg Lukianoff joins us for a discussion about the state of free speech on college campuses in the United States.

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The Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium

featuring Martin Gurri, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 11, 2014

Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority around the world.

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The Problem of Judicial Abdication

featuring Clark Neily, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 4, 2014

Clark Neily joins us for a discussion on judicial engagement and judicial abdication.

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The State of State Education in America

featuring Neal McCluskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 28, 2014

Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?

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Libertarianism and Christianity

featuring Doug Bandow, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 21, 2014

Doug Bandow joins us to talk about the relationship between libertarianism and Chrisitanity.

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The Up Side of Down

featuring Megan McArdle, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 14, 2014

Megan McArdle says that recognizing failure—and in some cases embracing it—is a crucial part of what makes American markets and society successful.

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Discrimination Law in an Overlawyered America

featuring Walter Olson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 7, 2014

Walter Olson joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss the evolution of discrimination law in the American legal system.

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The Specter of Wall Street

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 30, 2014

Mark A. Calabria explains the incentives built into the regulatory system that governs investments here in America.

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Why Not Capitalism?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 23, 2014

Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?

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The Structure of Liberty

featuring Randy E. Barnett, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 16, 2014

Randy Barnett describes five rights—informed by natural law—that are crucial for properly structuring a society.

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Regulations Gone Wrong

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 9, 2014

Peter Van Doren talks about regulatory failure in markets, specifically phone service, banking, electricity, internet, and health care.

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Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 2, 2014

Jonathan Blanks joins Aaron and Trevor to talk about the relationship between African-Americans and the state.