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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 Virtue of Justice

featuring Mark LeBar, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 24, 2014

Mark LeBar joins us for a discussion on justice. What does it mean to call justice a virtue? How did the ancient Greeks see the virtue of justice?

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The Death Penalty

featuring Ben Jones, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 18, 2014

Ben Jones asks, “Does the death penalty play a legitimate role in justice?”

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How to Fix Health Care

featuring Michael F. Cannon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 10, 2014

Michael Cannon discusses a topic people seem to love getting into debates over: health care and the idea of government health care reform.

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Democracy and Political Ignorance

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 3, 2014

Ilya Somin asks, “What happens in a democracy when voters don’t know what they’re voting for or against?”

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The Conscience of the Constitution

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, and Jason Kuznicki on Feb 24, 2014

Timothy Sandefur joins us to talk about the U.S. Constitution. Which is the Constitution’s primary value: preserving liberty or promoting democracy?

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The Rise of the Independents

featuring Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, Trevor Burrus, & Jason Kuznicki on Feb 17, 2014

Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie join Trevor Burrus and Jason Kuznicki for a freewheeling discussion about the modern political scene in America.

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The Synthesis of Rights and Consequences

featuring Tom G. Palmer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 10, 2014

We discuss the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.

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The Ethics of Dynamite

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 3, 2014

Jason Kuznicki joins us for a meeting of Cato’s informal book club, where we discuss Auberon Herbert’s essay “The Ethics of Dynamite.”

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Benjamin Tucker and the Individualist Anarchists

featuring David S. D’Amato, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 27, 2014

David D’Amato joins us to talk about the voluntaryist socialist political philosophy. Is the idea of voluntary socialism as odd as it sounds?

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The Primitivism of Politics

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2014

Aaron and Trevor note that when we use the political process we have to group together into warring “tribes” to accomplish our goals. That’s problematic.

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Bias in Scientific Research

featuring Patrick Michaels, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 13, 2014

Patrick J. Michaels joins us this week. When objective science and the need to generate headlines clash, who wins?

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Is There a Purpose to History?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 6, 2014

Jason Kuznicki joins us this week. What is the subject matter of history? How was it chosen?

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What Is Libertarianism?

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 30, 2013

David Boaz joins us to talk generally about the libertarian philosophy.

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When Markets Fail

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 23, 2013

Peter Van Doren joins Aaron and Trevor to answer questions about market failure and the provision of public goods.

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You Are Now Free to Move About the Planet

featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 16, 2013

Alex Nowrasteh joins us to talk about immigration. Should we have limits on who can enter the United States?

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Listener Q&A: But Who Will Build the Roads?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Dec 9, 2013

Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?

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Do We Have a Duty to Obey the Government?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 2, 2013

Jason Brennan joins us for a discussion on political obligation. Are we ethically obligated to obey the government? If so, why? If not, why not?

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What’s Okay to Buy and Sell?

featuring James Stacey Taylor, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 25, 2013

James Stacey Taylor asks why it is that we seem to be comfortable with the idea of buying and selling some things, but not others.