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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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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?

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Science Doesn’t Need Public Funding

featuring Terence Kealey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2014

Terence Kealey joins us for a discussion about publicly funding scientific research. Should science be funded by the government?

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The Inhumanity of Torture

featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 29, 2014

Patrick Eddington joins us this week for a discussion on the recently-released Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs.

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The Right to Earn a Living

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?

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An Introduction to Public Choice

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2015

Peter Van Doren returns to Free Thoughts for a discussion on public choice economics and how it affects political decision making.

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What Does Libertarian Feminism Look Like?

featuring Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 19, 2015

Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins us for a discussion on libertarianism and women. 

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How Government Housing Policy Distorts the American Dream

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 26, 2015

We discuss the federal housing policy and homeownership in America. What political forces helped create our modern housing policy?

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The Moral Arc of Science and Reason

featuring Michael Shermer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2015

Michael Shermer joins us to discuss his newest book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.

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When the Government Takes Things

featuring Scott Bullock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 9, 2015

How can we stop government from abusing the power to take away its citizens’ private property?

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The Second Amendment at the Supreme Court

featuring Alan Gura, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 16, 2015

Alan Gura joins us for a discussion on gun rights. The 2nd Amendment has been upheld as an individual right - what’s next for gun laws in America?

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What Makes a Fair Election?

featuring Allen Dickerson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 23, 2015

Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment as they pertain to funding campaigns. 

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The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.

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Did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Save America?

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 23, 2015

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on the New Deal policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Did the New Deal really pull America out of the Great Depression?