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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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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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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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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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Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy

featuring Benjamin Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 22, 2016

Benjamin Powell joins us this week to discuss the economics of sweatshops and the wages of workers in the third world.

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The Gold Standard Won’t Be Coming Back

featuring George Selgin, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 23, 2016

George Selgin joins us for a discussion about the gold standard. Is there any chance of the country returning to the gold standard?

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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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Is Income Inequality a Problem?

featuring Brink Lindsey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 21, 2014

Brink Linsdey joins us for a conversation about income inequality. Is there something wrong with some people earning more or less than others?

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Libertarians and the Poor

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 18, 2013

Matt Zwolinski joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss how libertarianism can help the least well-off.

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“Net Neutrality” vs. Internet Freedom

featuring Berin Szoka, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 25, 2015

Berin Szoka joins us to discuss what the “net neutrality” movement stands for and why the online community is so angry about the state of the Internet.

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Guantanamo Bay Is Still Open

featuring Andrew Turner, Aaron Ross Powell, and Adam Bates on Apr 21, 2017

Andrew Turner joins us to talk about his experience being stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2009 and 2010.

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The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.

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When the Government Takes Things

featuring Scott Bullock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 9, 2015

How can we stop government from abusing the power to take away its citizens’ private property?

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The Ideas of Adam Smith

featuring Paul Mueller, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 29, 2016

Paul D. Mueller joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and pioneer of economic theory, Adam Smith.