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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.

Free Thoughts

The Case Against Education

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Bryan Caplan on Feb 16, 2018

Bryan Caplan gives us the case against traditional education.

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The Pope’s Politics

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Robert Whaples on Feb 23, 2018

Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.

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Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Hasnas on Mar 30, 2018

John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.

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What’s Okay to Buy and Sell?

featuring James Stacey Taylor, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 25, 2013

James Stacey Taylor asks why it is that we seem to be comfortable with the idea of buying and selling some things, but not others.

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When Markets Fail

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 23, 2013

Peter Van Doren joins Aaron and Trevor to answer questions about market failure and the provision of public goods.

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The Synthesis of Rights and Consequences

featuring Tom G. Palmer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 10, 2014

Tom Palmer joins us for a discussion on the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.

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How to Fix Health Care

featuring Michael F. Cannon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 10, 2014

Michael Cannon discusses a topic people seem to love getting into debates over: health care and the idea of government health care reform.

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Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?

featuring Timothy B. Lee, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 7, 2014

Timothy B. Lee gives us a primer on Bitcoin and how it works.

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Intellectual Privilege

featuring Tom W. Bell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 26, 2014

Tom W. Bell joins Aaron and Trevor for a discussion on intellectual property, specifically copyright law in the United States.

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Regulations Gone Wrong

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 9, 2014

Peter Van Doren talks about regulatory failure in markets, specifically phone service, banking, electricity, internet, and health care.

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The Structure of Liberty

featuring Randy E. Barnett, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 16, 2014

Randy Barnett describes five rights—informed by natural law—that are crucial for properly structuring a society.

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The Specter of Wall Street

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 30, 2014

Mark A. Calabria gives a history of banking regulation and explains the incentives built into the regulatory system that governs investments here in America.

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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

featuring David B. Kopel, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 29, 2014

David Kopel joins us this week for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms.

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The Internet Doesn’t Need to Be Saved

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 3, 2014

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on net neutrality. What is net neutrality, and why do people seem to get so upset about it?