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Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, and the Jurist, as well as the Washington TimesHuffington Post, and the Daily Caller. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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Must Politics Be War? (with Kevin Vallier)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Kevin Vallier on Apr 3, 2020

Kevin Vallier joins the show today to discuss how politics itself is nothing more than a power struggle between groups with irreconcilable aims. 

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The Nationalism Problem (with Stephanie Slade)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Stephanie Slade on Mar 27, 2020

Stephanie Slade joins the show to talk about her new cover story for Reason Magazine; Against the New Nationalism. 

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Politics Makes Us Worse

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 20, 2020

In the United States, nothing makes us hate each other quite like politics.

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Do We Have a Duty to Vote? (with Julia Maskivker)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Julia Maskivker on Mar 13, 2020

Julia Maskivker joins the show today to discuss how she believes we have a duty to vote because it is a morally unique action. 

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Overdoing Democracy (with Robert Talisse)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Robert Talisse on Mar 6, 2020

In this far-reaching conversation, we look at the problems of American democracy, at the sources of polarization and tribalism, and offer ways each of us could take small steps towards improving the state of our politics.

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Medicalization of Birth & Death (with Lauren K. Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Lauren K. Hall on Feb 21, 2020

Lauren K. Hall joins the show today to argue that medicalization reduces competition, stifles innovation, and prevents individuals from accessing the most appropriate care during their most vulnerable moments.

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The Evolution of Cooperation (with Nicholas A. Christakis)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Nicholas A. Christakis on Feb 14, 2020

Nicholas Christakis joins the show today to talk about how humans are unique in that we have evolved the capacity for friendship.

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Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, George Selgin, & Diego Zuluaga on Feb 7, 2020

George Selgin and Diego Zuluaga return to the show to talk about how the capability of bitcoin is still in its infancy.

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Rebuilding America (with Yuval Levin)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Yuval Levin on Jan 24, 2020

Yuval Levin joins the show to discuss how the left and right alike respond with populist anger at our institutions that seem to be failing the American people. 

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Can Science Save Us? (with Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 17, 2020

Peter Van Doren, a self-proclaimed science nerd, comes back to the show today to talk about the role of science in the policy world.

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The Politics of Science (with Terence Kealey)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Terence Kealey on Jan 10, 2020

Terence Kealey joins the show today to talk about how the government is nearly the single buyer of scientific research.

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Exploring Wealth Inequality

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Ryan Bourne, & Chris Edwards on Jan 3, 2020

Many political leaders consider wealth inequality to be a major economic and social problem. Ryan Bourne and Chris Edwards join the show to talk about their new study that tackles this issue.

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Tyranny of Public Health (with Jacob Sullum)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jacob Sullum on Dec 27, 2019

Jacob Sullum joins the show to talk about how drug prohibition actually creates more problems than if some controlled substances were made legal. 

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Foreign Policy and the Trump Doctrine

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, Christopher A. Preble, & John Glaser on Dec 20, 2019

Christopher Preble and John Glaser join the show to discuss Trump’s approach, or lack thereof, to foreign policy. 

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Government-Created Segregation (with Richard Rothstein)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Richard Rothstein on Dec 13, 2019

Richard Rothstein joins the episode to discuss how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation. 

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Becoming a Whistleblower (with Patrick Eddington)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Patrick G. Eddington on Dec 6, 2019

Patrick G. Eddington comes back to the show to talk about his time in the CIA from 1988 to 1996.