Prof. Aeon Skoble describes the key differences between positive and negative rights.
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.
Aaron Ross Powell, Tom G. Palmer, and Sloane Frost each answer the question “Why Liberty?” in this Cato Student Forum.
Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron & Trevor explain why that thinking leads to many bad arguments against libertarianism.
John Samples joins us on the show for a discussion on the relationship between money and political speech.
Julian Sanchez joins us for a discussion on the political philsophy of Robert Nozick.
Matt Zwolinski joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss how libertarianism can help the least well-off.
James Stacey Taylor asks why it is that we seem to be comfortable with the idea of buying and selling some things, but not others.
Jason Brennan joins us for a discussion on political obligation. Are we ethically obligated to obey the government? If so, why? If not, why not?
Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?
Alex Nowrasteh joins us to talk about immigration. Should we have limits on who can enter the United States?
Peter Van Doren joins Aaron and Trevor to answer questions about market failure and the provision of public goods.
David Boaz joins us to talk generally about the libertarian philosophy.
Jason Kuznicki joins us this week. What is the subject matter of history? How was it chosen?
Patrick J. Michaels joins us this week. When objective science and the need to generate headlines clash, who wins?
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.
David D’Amato joins us to talk about the voluntaryist socialist political philosophy. Is the idea of voluntary socialism as odd as it sounds?
Jason Kuznicki joins us for a meeting of Cato’s informal book club, where we discuss Auberon Herbert’s essay “The Ethics of Dynamite.”
We discuss the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.