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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 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?

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Transportation, Land Use, and Freedom

featuring Randal O'Toole, Trevor Burrus, and Tom Clougherty on Feb 26, 2016

Randal O’Toole joins us for a discussion on land usage, urban planning, public transit, transportation, and driverless cars.

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Why Property Rights Matter

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Christina Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 19, 2016

Timothy and Christina Sandefur join us to talk about the importance of establishing and maintaining governments and societies that respect property rights.

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How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty?

featuring Sheldon Richman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 12, 2016

Sheldon Richman joins us to talk about the origins of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Why are these documents venerated by many libertarians?

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Socrates on Trial, Part 1: Apology

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, & Trevor Burrus on Feb 5, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us to discuss the trial of Socrates, as told by his student Plato in the Apology.

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What Role Should Science Play in Public Policy?

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 29, 2016

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion about why environmental policy questions so often result in dueling scientific studies.

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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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Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

featuring Tara A. Smith, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jan 15, 2016

Tara A. Smith joins us for a conversation on the importance of objectivity in legal systems.

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The Tyranny of Silence

featuring Flemming Rose, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 8, 2016

Flemming Rose talks about the decision to publish 12 cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

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Intellectual Influences on Our 2015 Guests

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 1, 2016

The podcast guests we had in 2015 share some of their greatest intellectual influences and give book recommendations.

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Politics and Principle in New Zealand

featuring Jamie Whyte, Tom Clougherty, Trevor Burrus, & Matthew Feeney on Dec 25, 2015

Jamie Whyte joins us this week to share his experience working in politics in New Zealand as the former leader of ACT New Zealand, a free market political party.

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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.