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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.

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Science Doesn’t Need Public Funding

featuring Terence Kealey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2014

Terence Kealey joins us for a discussion about publicly funding scientific research. Should science be funded by the government?

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The Right to Earn a Living

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?

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The Moral Arc of Science and Reason

featuring Michael Shermer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2015

Michael Shermer joins us to discuss his newest book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.

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When the Government Takes Things

featuring Scott Bullock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 9, 2015

How can we stop government from abusing the power to take away its citizens’ private property?

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The Second Amendment at the Supreme Court

featuring Alan Gura, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 16, 2015

Alan Gura joins us for a discussion on gun rights. The 2nd Amendment has been upheld as an individual right - what’s next for gun laws in America?

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What Makes a Fair Election?

featuring Allen Dickerson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 23, 2015

Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment as they pertain to funding campaigns. 

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The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.

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Why Transparency Matters in Local Politics

featuring Kevin Glass, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 6, 2015

Kevin Glass joins us to talk about transparency in local politics. How can state and local governments do more harm than the federal government?

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The End of Socialism

featuring James Otteson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 13, 2015

Is an idealized form of socialism possible, and if not, why not?

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End the IRS Before It Ends Us

featuring Grover Norquist, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 18, 2015

Grover Norquist joins us to tell us about his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and his plan to eliminate the IRS as we know it.

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What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 20, 2015

Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 14, 2015

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals. 

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Lysander Spooner’s Letter to Grover Cleveland

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 21, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us for a discussion on Lysander Spooner’s “Letter to Grover Cleveland,” which Spooner wrote in the last year of his life.

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“Net Neutrality” vs. Internet Freedom

featuring Berin Szoka, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 25, 2015

Berin Szoka joins us to discuss what the “net neutrality” movement stands for and why the online community is so angry about the state of the Internet.