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Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, and the Jurist, as well as the Washington TimesHuffington Post, and the Daily Caller. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Liberty Chronicles

Here Lies Republicanism, R.I.P. (with Trevor Burrus)

featuring Anthony Comegna and Trevor Burrus on May 8, 2018

We are celebrating Liberty Chronicles’ first anniversary with a special Free Thoughts/Liberty Chronicles crossover episode featuring Trevor Burrus.

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Are There Too Many Laws?

featuring Trevor Burrus on Apr 9, 2015

Trevor Burrus discusses the problem of complex regulatory legal systems and how this leads to unnecessary mass incarceration. 

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What is a Law?

featuring Trevor Burrus on May 18, 2015

Trevor Burrus explains the meaning and origin of the common law, and differentiates that kind of law from rules that come about via regulation and legislation.

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Welcome to the Statrix

featuring Trevor Burrus on Feb 12, 2018

Burrus describes how the state destroys our ability to conceive of a world where it doesn’t take on certain tasks.

Free Thoughts

Pharmaceutical Freedom (with Jessica Flanigan)

featuring Trevor Burrus on Jun 8, 2018

We discuss the rights of self-medication; rights to purchase and use unapproved treatments, prohibited drugs, and pharmaceuticals without a prescription.

Free Thoughts

The Changing Role of Criminal Law

featuring Tim Lynch and Trevor Burrus on Oct 6, 2014

Tim Lynch joins Trevor Burrus this week for a discussion on the role of criminal law in America.

Free Thoughts

“Ideological Dorks”

featuring Jonah Goldberg and Trevor Burrus on Oct 9, 2015

Jonah Goldberg joins us for a discussion on what unites intellectual conservatives and libertarians and the history of the political left.

Free Thoughts

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

featuring Johan Norberg and Trevor Burrus on Dec 2, 2016

Johan Norberg joins Trevor this week to talk about the notion of progress and gives us all a few reasons to look forward to the future.

Free Thoughts

Hamilton v. Madison (with Jay Cost)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jay Cost on Jun 1, 2018

In the history of American politics there are few stories as enigmatic as that of Hamilton and Madison’s personal feud.

Free Thoughts

Politics and Community

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Oct 22, 2013

Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron and Trevor explain why that’s wrong and why it leads to so many bad arguments against libertarianism.