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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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Arguments for Liberty: Rawlsianism

featuring Kevin Vallier, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 7, 2017

Kevin Vallier joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on the ethical system of John Rawls. Does Rawls have value for libertarians?

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Arguments for Liberty: Utilitarianism

featuring Chris Freiman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 25, 2017

Christopher Freiman joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on utilitarianism. What’s the utilitarian argument for libertarianism?

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Arguments for Liberty: Kantianism

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki on Jan 6, 2017

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the chapter he wrote on Immanuel Kant for our new book, Arguments for Liberty.

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Rights and Radicalism

featuring Grant Babcock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 1, 2017

Grant Babcock joins us this week to talk about an essay he wrote in defense of natural rights-based libertarianism.

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Can Money Buy Elections?

featuring John Samples, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 28, 2013

John Samples joins us on the show for a discussion on the relationship between money and political speech.

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Libertarians and the Poor

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 18, 2013

Matt Zwolinski joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss how libertarianism can help the least well-off.

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Do We Have a Duty to Obey the Government?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 2, 2013

Jason Brennan joins us for a discussion on political obligation. Are we ethically obligated to obey the government? If so, why? If not, why not?

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You Are Now Free to Move About the Planet

featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 16, 2013

Alex Nowrasteh joins us to talk about immigration. Should we have limits on who can enter the United States?

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What Is Libertarianism?

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 30, 2013

David Boaz joins us to talk generally about the libertarian philosophy.

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Is There a Purpose to History?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 6, 2014

Jason Kuznicki joins us this week. What is the subject matter of history? How was it chosen?

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Bias in Scientific Research

featuring Patrick Michaels, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 13, 2014

Patrick J. Michaels joins us this week. When objective science and the need to generate headlines clash, who wins?

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The Ethics of Dynamite

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 3, 2014

Jason Kuznicki joins us for a meeting of Cato’s informal book club, where we discuss Auberon Herbert’s essay “The Ethics of Dynamite.”

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Democracy and Political Ignorance

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 3, 2014

Ilya Somin asks, “What happens in a democracy when voters don’t know what they’re voting for or against?”

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The Death Penalty

featuring Ben Jones, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 18, 2014

Ben Jones asks, “Does the death penalty play a legitimate role in justice?”