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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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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

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Why Liberalism Works (with Deirdre McCloskey)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Deirdre McCloskey on Nov 8, 2019

Deirdre McCloskey joins our show again to talk about her new book, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All

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Celebrating 300

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Nora Powell on Jul 19, 2019

Thank you for sticking with us through 300 episodes! Reminisce with us today as Nora Powell interviews Aaron and Trevor.

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New Conspiracism and Modern Politics (with Russell Muirhead)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Russell Muirhead on May 24, 2019

Russell Muirhead joins us to discuss the difference between conspiracism and conspiracy theory and how it influences modern political discussions. 

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Resisting State Injustice (with Jason Brennan)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Jason Brennan on Jan 4, 2019

Jason Brennan elaborates on his thesis that “you possess the same right of self defense against government agents as you do against fellow civilians”.

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Is Wall Street Overregulated? (with Todd Zywicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Todd Zywicki on Dec 21, 2018

Todd Zywicki explains how the American banking system is regulated to the point where there is no room or even hope for innovation. 

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Teaching Economics (with Steve Horwitz)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Steven Horwitz on Nov 30, 2018

Steve Horwitz joins us to debunk some global myths about economics. 

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Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Matthew Feeney on Oct 19, 2018

Free Thoughts meets Building Tomorrow with special guests Matthew Feeney & Paul Matzko as we discuss whether or not to fear emerging tech. 

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Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Hasnas on Mar 30, 2018

John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.

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The Pope’s Politics

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Robert Whaples on Feb 23, 2018

Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.

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Trump’s Assault on America’s Institutions

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and John Samples on Jan 19, 2018

John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.

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Punk Rock Politics

featuring Frank Portman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2017

Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?

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Do Employers Rule Our Lives?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 17, 2017

Elizabeth Anderson joins us to talk about her new book, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It).