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Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, George Selgin, & Diego Zuluaga on Feb 7, 2020

George Selgin and Diego Zuluaga return to the show to talk about how the capability of bitcoin is still in its infancy.

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Abolitionism Was Actually a Free Market Cause

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 6, 2020

The 1619 Project and the debate it spurred have both been fraught with conceptual and historical misunderstandings about the relationship between slavery and free markets.

Building Tomorrow

Venture Capital Built Silicon Valley

featuring Paul Matzko, Margaret O'Mara, and Spencer Ante on Feb 6, 2020

Innovation might seem magical, but magic comes with a steep price tag. Venture capital provided a superior way of funding entrepreneurship than what existed before. 

The Pursuit

All War is Darkness

featuring Natalie Dowzicky on Feb 4, 2020

No president wants to be labelled as losing a war, but why would they want to continue an endless one?

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Cato’s Letters: 300 Years

by Chris Edwards on Feb 4, 2020

For Americans, Cato’s Letters is a reminder that the fight for liberty did not begin in 1776, and also that it will never end because the thirst for power is unquenchable.

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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.

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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.