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Liberty Chronicles

A Neglected Anniversary

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 2, 2017

What does the development of the bathtub have to do with how we think about history?

Free Thoughts

The War on Sex Work

featuring Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 28, 2017

Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins us this week for a discussion about sex work. What’s the difference between sex trafficking and prostitution?

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 26, 2017

George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

Free Thoughts

Guantanamo Bay Is Still Open

featuring Andrew Turner, Aaron Ross Powell, and Adam Bates on Apr 21, 2017

Andrew Turner joins us to talk about his experience being stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2009 and 2010.

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 8

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 19, 2017

George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

Free Thoughts

How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2017

Emma Ashford joins us this week to discuss the rise of the Islamic State. How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 12, 2017

George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

Liberty Chronicles

Welcome to Liberty Chronicles

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 12, 2017

Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past.

Free Thoughts

Stuck in Political Nostalgia

featuring Yuval Levin, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 7, 2017

Yuval Levin joins us to talk about political nostalgia and American individualism. Why do the political right and left both seem to be stuck yearning for the 1950s and early 60s?

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 5, 2017

George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

Free Thoughts

Can Anarchy Work?

featuring Peter T. Leeson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 31, 2017

Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 5

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 29, 2017

George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.

Free Thoughts

The CIA Listens to Free Thoughts

featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 25, 2017

Patrick G. Eddington joins us this week to tell us about the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, how the CIA operates, and what the new Wikileaks revelations mean for our privacy online.

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 4

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 22, 2017

George H. Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.

Free Thoughts

Must You Obey Government?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Mar 17, 2017

Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 15, 2017

George H. Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.

Free Thoughts

The Cato Institute at 40

featuring Peter Goettler, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 10, 2017

Peter Goettler joins us this week to talk about his role at the Cato Institute, Cato’s history of 40 years of advancing liberty, and what’s next for public policy organizations more generally and for Cato specifically.

Excursions

Social Laws, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 8, 2017

George H. Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.