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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

Celebrating 300

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Nora Powell on Jul 19, 2019

Thank you for sticking with us through 300 episodes! Reminisce with us today. 

Building Tomorrow

Facebook Friends Libra

featuring Paul Matzko and Diego Zuluaga on Jul 18, 2019

Diego Zuluaga joins the show today to discuss the latest on Libra, Facebook’s venture in cryptocurrency. 

Free Thoughts

How Did the Western World Get Rich? (with Stephen Davies)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Stephen Davies on Jun 20, 2019

Stephen Davies joins us today to discuss how we live in a social and economic world that is fundamentally different from the one inhabited by our ancestors.

Building Tomorrow

Canning Spam: Getting Rid of Robocalls

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Will Duffield, & Ethan Garr on Jun 20, 2019

Have you been bombarded with robocalls? The average American is getting 22 calls per month and Ethan Garr joins us to discuss how he is trying to mitigate the pestering.

Free Thoughts

New Conspiracism and Modern Politics (with Russell Muirhead)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Russell Muirhead on May 24, 2019

Russell Muirhead joins us to discuss the difference between conspiracism and conspiracy theory and how it influences modern political discussions. 

Building Tomorrow

What Lawmakers Don’t Understand About Tech Policy

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, Zach Graves, & Daniel Schuman on May 23, 2019

Zach Graves and Daniel Schuman join us to discuss how Congress is designed to be a debate process, but it is hard to debate when you don’t have the expertise in a certain topic area, like technology. 

Free Thoughts

In Defense of Big Business (with Tyler Cowen)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Tyler Cowen on May 17, 2019

Tyler Cowen joins us to discuss the value of work and how big businesses give people opportunities to feel fulfilled in their lives. 

Free Thoughts

Objections to Libertarianism (with Eric Mack)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Eric Mack on May 10, 2019

Eric Mack joins our show again to talk about common objections to libertarianism by dissecting John Rawls viewpoint. 

Free Thoughts

The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Jacob T. Levy on May 3, 2019

WARNING this episode contains spoilers to most, if not all, Marvel movies, please listen with caution. 

Free Thoughts

Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Christopher A. Preble on Apr 26, 2019

Christopher A. Preble joins us to discuss his new book; Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy, coming out April 30th, 2019. 

Free Thoughts

Unbundling the State (with Jason Kuznicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Jason Kuznicki on Apr 19, 2019

Jason Kuznicki discusses how the problem of political authority has evolved over time from a classical liberal perspective. 

Building Tomorrow

Debunking Overpopulation

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Ibbitson on Apr 11, 2019

John Ibbitson joins our show to discuss how around mid-century our population will no longer be growing, but declining. 

Free Thoughts

Quitting the Border Patrol (with Josh Childress)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Patrick G. Eddington, and Joshua Childress on Apr 5, 2019

Joshua Childress, a former Customs Border Patrol agent, joins us to discuss how his views conflicted with the work he was doing on the border.