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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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The Three Languages of Politics

featuring Arnold Kling, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2014

Arnold Kling thinks there’s more to talking about politics than the angry yelling shows on TV and the radio.

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Is Income Inequality a Problem?

featuring Brink Lindsey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 21, 2014

Brink Linsdey joins us for a conversation about income inequality. Is there something wrong with some people earning more or less than others?

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Capitalism Can Save the Environment

featuring Jerry Taylor, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 28, 2014

Jerry Taylor joins us for a discussion on environmental protection and energy use.

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Equality of Capabilities, or Equality of Outcomes?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 5, 2014

Elizabeth Anderson joins us this week to talk about egalitarianism. Should we be concerned about an equal distribution of resources in a society?

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America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 12, 2014

Gene Healy joins us to talk about the growing power of the Executive Branch. What are the President’s actual duties according to the U.S. Constitution?

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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 Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 2, 2014

Jonathan Blanks joins Aaron and Trevor to talk about the relationship between African-Americans and the state.

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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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Discrimination Law in an Overlawyered America

featuring Walter Olson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 7, 2014

Walter Olson joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss the evolution of discrimination law in the American legal system.

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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 culture, markets, and society successful.

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Libertarianism and Christianity

featuring Doug Bandow, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 21, 2014

Doug Bandow joins us to talk about the relationship between libertarianism and Chrisitanity.

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The State of State Education in America

featuring Neal McCluskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 28, 2014

Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?

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The Problem of Judicial Abdication

featuring Clark Neily, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 4, 2014

Clark Neily joins us for a discussion on judicial engagement and judicial abdication.

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The Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium

featuring Martin Gurri, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 11, 2014

Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority around the world.

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The Story of Money in the United States

featuring George Selgin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 1, 2014

George Selgin tells the story of how the American government became so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why.

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Listener Q&A: Where Are All the Libertarian Countries?

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 8, 2014

Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”

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The Problem of Political Authority

featuring Michael Huemer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 15, 2014

Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.