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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

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Philosophy the Right Way

by Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 21, 2013

Libertarian philosophy is a “big tent” and we can learn much from philosophers we may disagree with.

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Paternalism and Barbarism

by Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 26, 2013

Powell argues against paternalism, demonstrating that it is little more than a way to impose your values on others.

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Recognizing the State for What It Is

by Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 4, 2013

We should never forget that the state is an institution for compelling people to act against their will.

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Libertarianism, Bill Maher, and False Dilemmas

by Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 12, 2013

Arguments against libertarianism often take the form of false dilemmas. Powell looks at why they’re so common and what libertarians can do about it.

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Libertarianism and Virtue

by Aaron Ross Powell on May 3, 2013

An introduction to virtue, the life well-lived, and the state’s role in the good life.

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Why the Government is So Often Vicious and Foolish

by Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 6, 2013

Government’s very nature attracts the vicious, corrupts the virtuous, and encourages foolish decisions—so we should limit its power as much as possible.

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State Thugs and the Purpose of Government

by Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 9, 2013

Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.

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How Not to Argue Against Libertarianism

by Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 15, 2013

Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.

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The Inhumanity of Politics

by Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 26, 2013

Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.

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What Politics Is

by Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 3, 2013

Politics is what you get when you add violence to discourse.