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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

Against Democracy

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 16, 2016

Jason Brennan joins us to talk about his new book, Against Democracy. What separates good voters from bad voters?

Building Tomorrow

The Right to Print Arms?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Aug 2, 2018

Mark McDaniel joins us to discuss homemade gun technology in response to a recent court case involving gun ownership activist, Cody Wilson. 

Building Tomorrow

Is China Beating the U.S. at Innovation?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Aug 23, 2018

A tale of two Chinas, the country leapfrogs the US in tech adoption when activists use blockchain to undermine the “Great Firewall of China”

 

Building Tomorrow

Augur(ing) Assassinations

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Sep 6, 2018

Does Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform, represent the future of the world of betting? Does it serve as a valuable market for knowledge?

Building Tomorrow

Killer Drones or Delivery Drones?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 11, 2018

Matthew Feeney joins us to discuss how the rapid advancement of drone technology has both promising and threatening applications. 

Free Thoughts

Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Matthew Feeney on Oct 19, 2018

Free Thoughts meets Building Tomorrow with special guests Matthew Feeney & Paul Matzko as we discuss whether or not to fear emerging tech. 

Free Thoughts

Understanding Impeachment (with Gene Healy)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, John Samples, and Gene Healy on Oct 26, 2018

Gene Healy joins us to discuss the concept of impeachment, from its’ origin to its’ impracticality in our polarized political climate. 

Building Tomorrow

Crypto for College

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Neal McCluskey on Oct 31, 2018

Neal McCluskey joins us to talk about how our current education system does not effectively use existing technology to help students learn.

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

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. 

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

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.