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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

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. 

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.