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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.

Free Thoughts

Becoming a Whistleblower (with Patrick Eddington)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Patrick G. Eddington on Dec 6, 2019

Patrick G. Eddington comes back to the show to talk about his time in the CIA from 1988 to 1996. 

Free Thoughts

The Case for Open Borders (with Bryan Caplan & Zach Weinersmith)

featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Bryan Caplan, Aaron Ross Powell, & Zach Weinersmith on Nov 29, 2019

Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith join the show today to talk about their non-ficton graphic novel; Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. 

Free Thoughts

How to be Epicurean (with Catherine Wilson)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Meany, and Catherine Wilson on Nov 22, 2019

Catherine Wilson teaches us that there is more to Epicureanism than eating, drinking, and being merry.

Free Thoughts

Why Liberalism Works (with Deirdre McCloskey)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Deirdre McCloskey on Nov 8, 2019

Deirdre McCloskey joins our show again to talk about her new book, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All

Free Thoughts

Finding Meaning in an Age of Individualism (with Clay Routledge)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Clay Routledge on Nov 1, 2019

Clay Routledge joined the show today to talk about how our society has become increasingly individualistic, and how we are still learning the consequences of that.

Building Tomorrow

Cellphones in the Fight Against Cholera (with Katherine Clayton)

featuring Paul Matzko, Chelsea Follett, Marian L. Tupy, & Katharine Clayton on Oct 31, 2019

While people in the US have the first world privilege to complain about wasting time on their phones, millions of people in the developing world are using their cellphones to pull themselves out of poverty. 

Free Thoughts

From the Magna Carta to Brexit (with David Starkey)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Ryan Bourne, & David Starkey on Oct 25, 2019

David Starkey explains the origins of the UK Parliament so that we can understand how it differs from the U.S. government. 

Free Thoughts

How Mao Broke China (with Frank Dikötter)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Frank Dikötter on Oct 18, 2019

Frank Dikötter, an expert on Chinese communism, joins the show to talk about the nature of dictatorships. 

Free Thoughts

The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski (with Timothy Sandefur)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Timothy Sandefur on Sep 27, 2019

Timothy Sandefur returns to the show to talk about his new book, The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon. 

Free Thoughts

Talking Across Political Divides (with Arnold Kling)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Arnold Kling on Sep 20, 2019

Arnold Kling is welcomed back to the show to talk about the new edition of his book, The Three Languages of Politics, and how it is even more relevant in the Trump era. 

Building Tomorrow

Artificial You (with Susan Schneider)

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Susan Schneider on Sep 19, 2019

Susan Schneider joins the show to challenge our preconceived notions of consciousness and whether machines can achieve it. 

Free Thoughts

Why is Populism So Popular? (with Tom Palmer)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom G. Palmer, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 12, 2019

Tom Palmer comes back to the show to address the rise of authoritarian populism and what it means for the state of politics in the U.S. 

Free Thoughts

What’s Wrong with National Conservatism?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Jason Kuznicki, Matthew Feeney, & Paul Matzko on Aug 30, 2019

The underlying ideas articulated by National Conservatism are of value to libertarians because they present a way of seeing the world that is a stark difference from the way we see it.

Free Thoughts

Social Media’s Moral Panic (with Milton Mueller)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Milton Mueller on Aug 16, 2019

Milton Mueller joins us to discuss how social media is not a medical addiction that requires government intervention.