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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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Politics and Community

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Oct 22, 2013

Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron & Trevor explain why that thinking leads to many bad arguments against libertarianism.

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Listener Q&A: But Who Will Build the Roads?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Dec 9, 2013

Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?

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The Primitivism of Politics

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2014

Aaron and Trevor note that when we use the political process we have to group together into warring “tribes” to accomplish our goals. That’s problematic.

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The Libertarian Supreme Court

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Aug 25, 2014

Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.

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The Cost of Earning More Money

featuring Dan Russell and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 10, 2014

Daniel C. Russell joins us this week to talk about income and happiness. What do we give up by taking opportunities to earn more money?

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Intellectual Influences on Our 2015 Guests

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 1, 2016

The podcast guests we had in 2015 share some of their greatest intellectual influences and give book recommendations.

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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?

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How the Media Really Works

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2018

Cato Institute Vice President of Communications Khristine Brookes joins us to discuss the ever-changing world of news and media.

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Contracts and Cryptography

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 9, 2018

Kate Sills joins us for a conversation on smart contracts and the future of blockchain technology.

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Speak Freely (with Keith E. Whittington)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 13, 2018

Keith E. Whittington joins us to discuss his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.