When our first reaction is to bring in government, we stop asking the hard questions.
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 Times, Huffington 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.
Kevin Glass joins us to talk about transparency in local politics. How can state and local governments do more harm than the federal government?
Trevor Burrus discusses the problem of complex regulatory legal systems and how this leads to unnecessary mass incarceration.
James Otteson joins us this week to talk about the socio-economic system known as socialism. Is an idealized form of socialism possible, and if not, why not?
Herbert Spencer doesn’t deserve his reputation as a “Social Darwinist,” and shouldn’t be used to attack libertarians.
Trevor Burrus discusses the purpose and scope of the Constitution, as well as the values that shaped it.
Timothy P. Carney joins us to talk about cronyism and the revolving door in Washington politics. Are big business and big government as opposed as they seem?
George H. Smith joins us to talk about Libertarianism.org’s first book, which is a reader on the topic of individualism.
Edward H. Crane joins us to talk about the early days of the Libertarian Party and the Cato Institute, which he founded almost 40 years ago in 1977.
Daniel J. Ikenson joins us to explain how trade between countries increases wealth all around—and why restricting that trade is harmful to economic growth.
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.
Grover Norquist joins us to tell us about his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and his plan to eliminate the IRS as we know it.
Bernard Kerik joins us to share his experience on both sides of the criminal justice system as former New York City Police Commissioner and as Inmate #84888-054.
Peter J. Boettke joins us to explain the origins and methodology of the Austrian tradition in economics.
Steven G. Horwitz joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of one of the 20th century’s greatest intellectuals, Friedrich Hayek.
Daniel J. Mitchell joins us for a discussion on taxation in America. What’s the best way to run a government on taxes? Is it anything like the system we have now?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds joins us to discuss the current state of America’s education system. What’s broken in schools and colleges today, and how can we fix it?
Bruce L. Benson joins us for a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about?