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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 Politics of Star Wars

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 18, 2015

Ilya Somin joins us to talk about the politics behind the galaxy’s most popular epic space fantasy franchise.

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What Are the Risks of Terrorism?

featuring John Mueller, Mark G. Stewart, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 11, 2015

John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart join us to discuss their new book, Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism (2015).

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Building a Better Government

featuring Richard A. Epstein, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 4, 2015

Richard A. Epstein joins us to discuss the core principles of classical liberalism. Is there a way to build a government that remains limited?

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The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

featuring Matt Ridley, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 27, 2015

Matt Ridley joins us to talk about his new book, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. How are new ideas adopted from the bottom up?

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Taking a Stand

featuring Robert Higgs, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 20, 2015

Robert Higgs joins us this week to share a few of his reflections on individual liberty, economics, war and peace, and the role of the state in human affairs.

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The Politics of Star Trek

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 13, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on political philosophy in the Star Trek science fiction franchise.

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The Legacy of Roy A. Childs, Jr.

featuring George H. Smith, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 6, 2015

George H. Smith joins us for a discussion on the life of his friend and colleague, Roy A. Childs, Jr.

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America’s Authoritarian Alliances

featuring Ted Galen Carpenter, Malou Innocent, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 23, 2015

Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent join us for a discussion on America’s history of making foreign policy alliances with repressive or corrupt regimes.

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Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, Part 1

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Jason Kuznicki, and Grant Babcock on Oct 16, 2015

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

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“Ideological Dorks”

featuring Jonah Goldberg and Trevor Burrus on Oct 9, 2015

Jonah Goldberg joins us for a discussion on what unites intellectual conservatives and libertarians and the history of the political left.

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The End of Doom

featuring Ronald Bailey, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 2, 2015

Ronald Bailey talks about environmental “doomsayers.” Their apocalyptic predictions change, but their solutions remain the same: more government control.

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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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Why Young People Aren’t Interested in Running for Office

featuring Jennifer L. Lawless, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 18, 2015

Jennifer L. Lawless joins us for a discussion about why young people in America seem to be almost wholly uninterested in running for electoral office.

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Toleration

featuring Andrew Jason Cohen, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 11, 2015

Andrew Jason Cohen joins us for a discussion on toleration—what does it mean to be tolerant? What should be tolerated? Are we becoming less tolerant?

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The Libertarian Moment?

featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 3, 2015

Katherine Mangu-Ward joins us to talk about the “libertarian moment” and the past and future of libertarianism more broadly.

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War Is the Health of the State

featuring Christopher A. Preble on Aug 28, 2015

Christopher A. Preble joins us for a discussion on American foreign policy. We examine ways in which an aggressive foreign policy aids the growth of government.

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Lysander Spooner’s Letter to Grover Cleveland

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 21, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us for a discussion on Lysander Spooner’s “Letter to Grover Cleveland,” which Spooner wrote in the last year of his life.