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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

The Collapse of the Local Community (with Tim Carney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Mar 8, 2019

‘Forgotten America’ or ‘Alienated America’? Tim Carney joins us to discuss his book about the impact that strong communities have on people’s lives.

Building Tomorrow

How Online Games Shape Our Real Lives

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 7, 2019

Video games have extensive compelling narratives that gives the player a degree of agency that is not present in watching movies or reading books. 

Free Thoughts

Is Trump Deregulating? (With Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 18, 2019

Peter Van Doren joins us to discuss if Trump has actually kept his campaign promises of deregulation. 

Free Thoughts

Resisting State Injustice (with Jason Brennan)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Jason Brennan on Jan 4, 2019

Jason Brennan elaborates on his thesis that “you possess the same right of self defense against government agents as you do against fellow civilians”.

Building Tomorrow

Ranked Choice Voting, A Better Way to Vote?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 3, 2019

Instead of choosing the lesser of two evils at the ballot box, you could rank your preferences, like they did in Maine for the midterm election. 

Building Tomorrow

Has Your Phone Hacked Your Brain?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Dec 27, 2018

We don’t know the consequences of the infinite scroll yet, but in order to actually live, it may be wise to be mindful of your screen time. 

Free Thoughts

Is Wall Street Overregulated? (with Todd Zywicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Todd Zywicki on Dec 21, 2018

Todd Zywicki explains how the American banking system is regulated to the point where there is no room or even hope for innovation. 

Free Thoughts

Why Being Poor is Expensive (with Ryan Bourne)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 14, 2018

Ryan Bourne joins us today to discuss the intricate hardships that the poor in the United States are experiencing.

Free Thoughts

Bringing Wealth to the Poor (with Michael Tanner)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 7, 2018

Michael Tanner joins us to discuss the dimensions that affect poverty including; felony convictions, lack of education, & housing policies.