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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Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, and the Jurist, as well as the Washington TimesHuffington Post, and the Daily Caller. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Pharmaceutical Freedom (with Jessica Flanigan)

featuring Trevor Burrus on Jun 8, 2018

We discuss the rights of self-medication; rights to purchase and use unapproved treatments, prohibited drugs, and pharmaceuticals without a prescription.

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The Changing Role of Criminal Law

featuring Tim Lynch and Trevor Burrus on Oct 6, 2014

Tim Lynch joins Trevor Burrus this week for a discussion on the role of criminal law in America.

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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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Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

featuring Johan Norberg and Trevor Burrus on Dec 2, 2016

Johan Norberg joins Trevor this week to talk about the notion of progress and gives us all a few reasons to look forward to the future.

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Hamilton v. Madison (with Jay Cost)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jay Cost on Jun 1, 2018

In the history of American politics there are few stories as enigmatic as that of Hamilton and Madison’s personal feud.

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Politics and Community

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Oct 22, 2013

Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron and Trevor explain why that’s wrong and why it leads to so many bad arguments against libertarianism.

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Listener Q&A: But Who Will Build the Roads?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Dec 9, 2013

Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?

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The Primitivism of Politics

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2014

Aaron and Trevor note that when we use the political process we have to group together into warring “tribes” to accomplish our goals. That’s problematic.

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The Libertarian Supreme Court

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Aug 25, 2014

Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.

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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.