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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

Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

featuring Scott Winship, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 19, 2014

Scott Winship joins us to discuss Thomas Piketty’s newest book,Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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Why Not Capitalism?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 23, 2014

Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?

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The Up Side of Down

featuring Megan McArdle, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 14, 2014

Megan McArdle says that recognizing failure—and in some cases embracing it—is a crucial part of what makes American markets and society successful.

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Remaining Grateful with Steve Horwitz

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Steven Horwitz on Aug 9, 2019

Steve Horwitz returns to the show to discuss how we should be grateful for how much better the world has gotten in the last 1000 years. 

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The Limits of Utilitarianism

featuring Adam Gurri, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2014

Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.

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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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Welcome to the Sharing Economy

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 8, 2014

Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.

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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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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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Taking Government Un-Seriously

featuring Jeremy McLellan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 10, 2017

Jeremy McLellan joins us this week to talk about his brand of politics and comedy. Does humor have a place in changing people’s political beliefs?

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The Politics of Star Trek

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 13, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on political philosophy in the Star Trek science fiction franchise.

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The Tyranny of Silence

featuring Flemming Rose, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 8, 2016

Flemming Rose talks about the decision to publish 12 cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

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Campus Freedom

featuring Robby Soave, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 15, 2016

Robby Soave joins us this week to discuss a disturbing new kind of censorship on American college campuses.