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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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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.

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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.

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The War on Tobacco (with Jacob Grier)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jacob Grier on Nov 15, 2019

Jacob Grier joins the show today to talk with Trevor about the American war on tobacco.

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Tyranny of Public Health (with Jacob Sullum)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jacob Sullum on Dec 27, 2019

Jacob Sullum joins the show to talk about how drug prohibition actually creates more problems than if some controlled substances were made legal. 

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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.

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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.