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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 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.

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How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

featuring Russell Roberts, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 13, 2014

Russ Roberts joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts to talk about his new book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life.

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“Libertarian” Paternalism?

featuring Bill Glod, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 20, 2014

Bill Glod joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts for a discussion on so-called libertarian paternalism.

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When Is It Appropriate to Go to War?

featuring Justin Logan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 27, 2014

Justin Logan joins us for a conversation about American foreign policy. What’s the libertarian solution for military overspending and overreach?

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What Influences Elections?

featuring John Samples, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 17, 2014

John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.

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Liberty and the American Experience

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 24, 2014

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.

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The Limits of Utilitarianism

featuring Adam Gurri, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2014

Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.

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Welcome to the Sharing Economy

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 8, 2014

Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.

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The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

featuring Alex Epstein, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 15, 2014

Alex Epstein joins us for a discussion on fossil fuel use. How much have fossil fuels benefited humanity? Is there a moral case for their use?

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Science Doesn’t Need Public Funding

featuring Terence Kealey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2014

Terence Kealey joins us for a discussion about publicly funding scientific research. Should science be funded by the government?

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The Right to Earn a Living

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?

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The Moral Arc of Science and Reason

featuring Michael Shermer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2015

Michael Shermer joins us to discuss his newest book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.

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When the Government Takes Things

featuring Scott Bullock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 9, 2015

Scott Bullock explains eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture. How can we stop government from abusing the power to take away its citizens’ private property?

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The Second Amendment at the Supreme Court

featuring Alan Gura, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 16, 2015

Alan Gura joins us for a discussion on gun rights. The 2nd Amendment has been upheld as an individual right - what’s next for gun laws in America?

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What Makes a Fair Election?

featuring Allen Dickerson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 23, 2015

Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment rights when it comes to funding campaigns. What does it mean to have an undue influence on an election?

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How Obamacare Really Works…and How It Doesn’t

featuring Peter Suderman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 2, 2015

Peter Suderman helps us make sense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How does it work, and why did we have to “pass it to find out what’s in it?”

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The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.

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Did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Save America?

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 23, 2015

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on the New Deal policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Did the New Deal really pull America out of the Great Depression?