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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.

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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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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?