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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

Free Thoughts

How Mao Broke China (with Frank Dikötter)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Frank Dikötter on Oct 18, 2019

Frank Dikötter, an expert on Chinese communism, joins the show to talk about the nature of dictatorships. 

Free Thoughts

The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski (with Timothy Sandefur)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Timothy Sandefur on Sep 27, 2019

Timothy Sandefur returns to the show to talk about his new book, The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon. 

Free Thoughts

Talking Across Political Divides (with Arnold Kling)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Arnold Kling on Sep 20, 2019

Arnold Kling is welcomed back to the show to talk about the new edition of his book, The Three Languages of Politics, and how it is even more relevant in the Trump era. 

Building Tomorrow

Artificial You (with Susan Schneider)

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Susan Schneider on Sep 19, 2019

Susan Schneider joins the show to challenge our preconceived notions of consciousness and whether machines can achieve it. 

Free Thoughts

Why is Populism So Popular? (with Tom Palmer)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom G. Palmer, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 12, 2019

Tom Palmer comes back to the show to address the rise of authoritarian populism and what it means for the state of politics in the U.S. 

Free Thoughts

What’s Wrong with National Conservatism?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Jason Kuznicki, Matthew Feeney, & Paul Matzko on Aug 30, 2019

The underlying ideas articulated by National Conservatism are of value to libertarians because they present a way of seeing the world that is a stark difference from the way we see it.

Free Thoughts

Social Media’s Moral Panic (with Milton Mueller)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Milton Mueller on Aug 16, 2019

Milton Mueller joins us to discuss how social media is not a medical addiction that requires government intervention.

Free Thoughts

Remaining Grateful with Steve Horwitz

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Steven Horwitz on Aug 9, 2019

Steve Horwitz returns to the show to discuss how we should be grateful for how much better the world has gotten in the last 1000 years. 

Free Thoughts

Education in the Marketplace (with Kevin Currie-Knight)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Kevin Currie-Knight on Aug 2, 2019

Kevin Currie-Knight joins the podcast to talk about how different libertarian thinkers approached the issue of public education. 

Building Tomorrow

What Made the Internet Possible?

featuring Paul Matzko and Matthew Feeney on Aug 1, 2019

Paul and Matthew discuss the history of, and threats to, Section 230. Jennifer Huddleston rebuts the argument that Section 230 was a gift to big tech.

Free Thoughts

Tyranny Comes Home (with Chris Coyne and Abigail Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Christopher Coyne, & Abigail Hall on Jul 26, 2019

Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall join us to discuss how foreign intervention and militarism affect domestic life. 

Free Thoughts

Celebrating 300

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Nora Powell on Jul 19, 2019

Thank you for sticking with us through 300 episodes! Reminisce with us today as Nora Powell interviews Aaron and Trevor.

Building Tomorrow

Facebook Friends Libra

featuring Paul Matzko and Diego Zuluaga on Jul 18, 2019

Diego Zuluaga joins the show today to discuss the latest on Libra, Facebook’s venture in cryptocurrency.