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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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How New Technology Is Changing Law Enforcement

featuring Matthew Feeney, Adam Bates, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 1, 2016

Matthew Feeney and Adam Bates discuss new technologies that are changing law enforcement. Can we balance police effectiveness and respect for privacy?

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The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 24, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us again to give an outline of Constitutional jurisprudence from its signing in 1787 through the New Deal era and into modernity.

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The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 17, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us to discuss the United States’s founding documents and the philosophy of the men that drafted them.

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Teaching School Choice to the American Education System

featuring Jason Bedrick, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Jun 3, 2016

Jason Bedrick joins us to talk about school choice in the United States. What’s wrong with our current public schooling model and how will more choice fix it?

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The Bourgeois Era

featuring Deirdre McCloskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 27, 2016

Deirdre N. McCloskey joins us to discuss her Bourgeois Era book series. Why are we so much wealthier now than at any other point in human history?

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Socrates on Trial, Part 2: Crito

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on May 20, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us for a discussion about the last days of Socrates, as told by Plato in Crito.

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The Skeptical Libertarian

featuring Daniel Bier, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 13, 2016

Daniel Bier joins us for a discussion about conspiracy theories and skepticism’s place in libertarianism.

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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.

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Why Liberty Takes Character

featuring Lawrence W. Reed, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 22, 2016

Lawrence W. Reed joins us for a discussion on how to effectively communicate the ideas of liberty through storytelling.

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Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, Part 2

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, & Jason Kuznicki on Apr 15, 2016

Aaron Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki discuss the second part of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty.

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Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment

featuring Thomas W. Merrill, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Apr 8, 2016

Thomas W. Merrill joins us to talk about the philosophy and political thought of David Hume.

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The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory

featuring Jesse Walker, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 25, 2016

Jesse Walker joins us to talk about his book, The United States of Paranoia. What do the conspiracy theories we embrace say about us a society?

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The Fight for Free Speech in the Courts

featuring Paul Sherman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 18, 2016

Paul Sherman joins us for a discussion on free speech issues, particularly the right to political and occupational speech.

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What’s Wrong With Labor Unions?

featuring Richard A. Epstein, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 4, 2016

Richard A. Epstein joins us for a discussion on labor unions. Did they really help to create a thriving middle class and the modern working life we enjoy today?