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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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Democracy and Political Ignorance

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 3, 2014

Ilya Somin asks, “What happens in a democracy when voters don’t know what they’re voting for or against?”

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How to Fix Health Care

featuring Michael F. Cannon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 10, 2014

Michael Cannon discusses a topic people seem to love getting into debates over: health care and the idea of government health care reform.

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The Death Penalty

featuring Ben Jones, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 18, 2014

Ben Jones asks, “Does the death penalty play a legitimate role in justice?”

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The Virtue of Justice

featuring Mark LeBar, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 24, 2014

Mark LeBar joins us for a discussion on justice. What does it mean to call justice a virtue? How did the ancient Greeks see the virtue of justice?

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Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?

featuring Timothy B. Lee, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 7, 2014

Timothy B. Lee gives us a primer on Bitcoin and how it works.

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The Three Languages of Politics

featuring Arnold Kling, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2014

Arnold Kling thinks there’s more to talking about politics than the angry yelling shows on TV and the radio.

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Is Income Inequality a Problem?

featuring Brink Lindsey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 21, 2014

Brink Linsdey joins us for a conversation about income inequality. Is there something wrong with some people earning more or less than others?

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Capitalism Can Save the Environment

featuring Jerry Taylor, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 28, 2014

Jerry Taylor joins us for a discussion on environmental protection and energy use.

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Equality of Capabilities, or Equality of Outcomes?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 5, 2014

Elizabeth Anderson joins us this week to talk about egalitarianism. Should we be concerned about an equal distribution of resources in a society?

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America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 12, 2014

Gene Healy joins us to talk about the growing power of the Executive Branch. What are the President’s actual duties according to the U.S. Constitution?

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Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

featuring Scott Winship, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 19, 2014

Scott Winship joins us to discuss Thomas Piketty’s newest book,Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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Intellectual Privilege

featuring Tom W. Bell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 26, 2014

Tom W. Bell joins Aaron and Trevor for a discussion on intellectual property, specifically copyright law in the United States.

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Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 2, 2014

Jonathan Blanks joins Aaron and Trevor to talk about the relationship between African-Americans and the state.

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Regulations Gone Wrong

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 9, 2014

Peter Van Doren talks about regulatory failure in markets, specifically phone service, banking, electricity, internet, and health care.

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The Structure of Liberty

featuring Randy E. Barnett, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 16, 2014

Randy Barnett describes five rights—informed by natural law—that are crucial for properly structuring a society.

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Why Not Capitalism?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 23, 2014

Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?

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The Specter of Wall Street

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 30, 2014

Mark A. Calabria explains the incentives built into the regulatory system that governs investments here in America.