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The Death of the Modern Political Party

by Paul Matzko on Jan 30, 2020

Martin Van Buren could have warned us that Donald Trump is what you get when a modern political party stops functioning like one.

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Trump the Decider

by Gene Healy on Jan 29, 2020

War powers practice in the early republic suggests that the president’s power of “self‐​defense” was far narrower than Trump’s defenders imagine.

Free Thoughts

Rebuilding America (with Yuval Levin)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Yuval Levin on Jan 24, 2020

Yuval Levin joins the show to discuss how the left and right alike respond with populist anger at our institutions that seem to be failing the American people. 

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How the Repeal of the Corn Laws Toppled Mercantilism

by Maria Chaplia on Jan 23, 2020

Despite its incredible potential to boost peace and prosperity, free trade has always had to fight an uphill battle against the seeds of trade protectionism planted by mercantilism in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Pop & Locke

The Rise of Skywalker

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Landry Ayres, Natalie Dowzicky, & Nicholas Armstrong on Jan 22, 2020

Disney completed the Star Wars saga with the third and final installment to the sequel trilogy. What’s next for the galaxy?

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John Lewis, Libertarian Hero

by Michael F. Cannon on Jan 21, 2020

Few in the libertarian movement have suffered as much as Lewis for the cause of freedom.

Free Thoughts

Can Science Save Us? (with Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 17, 2020

Peter Van Doren, a self-proclaimed science nerd, comes back to the show today to talk about the role of science in the policy world.

Free Thoughts

The Politics of Science (with Terence Kealey)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Terence Kealey on Jan 10, 2020

Terence Kealey joins the show today to talk about how the government is nearly the single buyer of scientific research.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Madison Administration

by Kevin Gutzman on Jan 9, 2020

Madison gave no sign in his pre-presidential career that he would flourish in the chief magistracy, and he lived up to expectations.

Building Tomorrow

Immigrants Built Silicon Valley

featuring Paul Matzko and Alex Nowrasteh on Jan 9, 2020

Without immigrants, Silicon Valley would be a shell of what it is today. Yet bad restrictionist policies threaten to undermine American dominance in tech and stymie innovation.

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The Social Harms of Taxing Private Wealth

by Steven Horwitz on Jan 8, 2020

Taxing private wealth isn’t putting idle resources to use; it’s uprooting resources already being put to productive ends in the economy.

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Watchmen

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Landry Ayres, Matthew Feeney, & Julian Sanchez on Jan 8, 2020

Matthew Feeney & Julian Sanchez join the show to talk about how HBO took on the incredible comic book, Watchmen, and to our surprise, they excellently executed the story for a 2019 audience.