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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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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.

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 14, 2015

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals. We examine an essay by Robert Nozick that proposes a cause for this trend.

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A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America

featuring John C. Goodman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 7, 2015

John C. Goodman, the “Father of Health Savings Accounts,” joins us for a discussion on the American health care system.

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Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

featuring Michael D. Tanner, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 31, 2015

Michael D. Tanner joins us for a discussion on the national debt and America’s various entitlement programs and their implications on the country’s future.

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When Is Voluntary Choice Really Voluntary?

featuring Michael C. Munger, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 24, 2015

Michael C. Munger joins us for a discussion on the nature of voluntary choice in economics. What counts as voluntary? Is it possible to be coerced by circumstance?

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What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 20, 2015

Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?

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How Much Should Philosophy Influence Public Policy?

featuring Andrew I. Cohen, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 13, 2015

Andrew I. Cohen joins us to talk about his book, Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy. Can practical commitments undercut a philosophical argument?

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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom

featuring Jacob T. Levy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 6, 2015

Jacob T. Levy says a tension exists in liberal political thought between a rationalist suspicion of localized power and a pluralism favoring intermediate groups.

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The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State

featuring Bruce Benson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 29, 2015

Bruce L. Benson joins us for a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about?

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The Education Apocalypse: How It Happened and How to Survive It

featuring Glenn Reynolds, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 22, 2015

Glenn Harlan Reynolds joins us to discuss the current state of America’s education system. What’s broken in schools and colleges today, and how can we fix it?