Portraits of Liberty

The Founding Feminist Mary Wollstonecraft

featuring Paul Meany on Jun 4, 2020

Mary Wollstonecraft was a true liberal who championed the rights of all but the domination of none - what we cherish today as equality. 

Pop & Locke

The X-Files

featuring Landry Ayres, Jesse Walker, Anthony Comegna, & Natalie Dowzicky on Jun 3, 2020

Anthony Comegna and Jesse Walker join the show to discuss the seemingly unexplainable that occurs throughout The X-Files.


Whose Comparative Advantage?

by Jon Murphy on Jun 2, 2020

The concept of comparative advantage is sometimes mishandled in discussions of international trade.

Building Tomorrow

COVID on Campus (with Bryan Caplan)

featuring Bryan Caplan and Paul Matzko on May 28, 2020

Even if universities re-open in the fall, will higher education snap back to normal? 

Free Thoughts

The Radio Right (with Paul Matzko)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Paul Matzko on May 22, 2020

Paul Matzko, the host of Building Tomorrow, joins the show to talk about how the government orchestrated one of the largest censorship campaigns in history against right wing radio in the 1960’s, but many people still don’t know about it. 

Portraits of Liberty

Auberon Herbert and Voluntaryism

featuring Paul Meany on May 21, 2020

Auberon’s experience with war, politics, and his introduction to Herbert Spencer showed him there was an alternative to the state.


An Introduction to Locke’s Two Treatises

by Paul Meany on May 20, 2020

Locke wanted to prove that the world is not a mere amalgam of violence and arbitrary authority and that there is something that separates a legitimate from an illegitimate government.

Pop & Locke

Harry Potter

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Landry Ayres, Lauren Sander, Emma Ashford, & Tricia Beck-Peter on May 20, 2020

Harry Potter is perhaps the most well-known escapist fantasy ever written and adapted to film, but the series is much more than a story about good versus evil. 

Free Thoughts

When Innovation Breaks the Rules (with Adam Thierer)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Adam Thierer on May 15, 2020

Evasive Entrepreneurs, innovators who don’t always conform to social or legal norms, are changing the world and challenging their governments.

Video Collection

Answering Questions about Libertarianism

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on May 12, 2020

Join the hosts of the Free Thoughts podcast as they answer questions about libertarian philosophy and policy.

Free Thoughts

Forgotten Libertarians (with Paul Meany)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Paul Meany on May 8, 2020

The host of Portraits of Liberty, Paul Meany, joins the show to highlight historical thinkers who may not have been strictly libertarian, but argued for a freer world.


Rights in the Time of Coronavirus

by Neera K. Badhwar on May 7, 2020

The global pandemic, and the proper response to it, force us to critically examine the line between the need to respect individual rights and the desire to limit the virus’s spread.