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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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Socrates on Trial, Part 2: Crito

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on May 20, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us for a discussion about the last days of Socrates, as told by Plato in Crito.

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The Bourgeois Era

featuring Deirdre McCloskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 27, 2016

Deirdre N. McCloskey joins us to discuss her Bourgeois Era book series. Why are we so much wealthier now than at any other point in human history?

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Teaching School Choice to the American Education System

featuring Jason Bedrick, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Jun 3, 2016

Jason Bedrick joins us to talk about school choice in the United States. What’s wrong with our current public schooling model and how will more choice fix it?

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The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 17, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us to discuss the United States’s founding documents and the philosophy of the men that drafted them.

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The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 24, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us again to give an outline of Constitutional jurisprudence from its signing in 1787 through the New Deal era and into modernity.

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Campus Freedom

featuring Robby Soave, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 15, 2016

Robby Soave joins us this week to discuss a disturbing new kind of censorship on American college campuses.

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How American Politics Went Insane

featuring Jonathan Rauch, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 22, 2016

Jonathan Rauch joins us for a discussion on the current political landscape in America. Why are we seeing so many renegade political actors these days?

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The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism

featuring William Irwin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 12, 2016

William Irwin joins us to talk about existentialism and libertarianism. What did thinkers like Sartre and Neitzsche have to say about capitalism and human freedom?

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Against Democracy

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 16, 2016

Jason Brennan joins us to talk about his new book, Against Democracy. What separates good voters from bad voters?

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Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump

featuring Ben Domenech, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 14, 2016

Ben Domenech joins us this week to discuss Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. What is Trump doing differently?

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Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

featuring Thomas Sowell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 4, 2016

Thomas Sowell joins us for a discussion about disparities of income and wealth between and within nations, as part of Equality Month at Libertarianism.org.

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Why Can’t You Email Your Doctor?

featuring Ryan Neuhofel, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 18, 2016

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel joins us this week to talk about his practice, NeuCare, which is a very different way to approach primary care medicine in the United States.