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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

Unbundling the State (with Jason Kuznicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Jason Kuznicki on Apr 19, 2019

Jason Kuznicki discusses how the problem of political authority has evolved over time from a classical liberal perspective. 

Building Tomorrow

Debunking Overpopulation

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Ibbitson on Apr 11, 2019

John Ibbitson joins our show to discuss how around mid-century our population will no longer be growing, but declining. 

Free Thoughts

Quitting the Border Patrol (with Josh Childress)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Patrick G. Eddington, and Joshua Childress on Apr 5, 2019

Joshua Childress, a former Customs Border Patrol agent, joins us to discuss how his views conflicted with the work he was doing on the border. 

Free Thoughts

The Collapse of the Local Community (with Tim Carney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Mar 8, 2019

‘Forgotten America’ or ‘Alienated America’? Tim Carney joins us to discuss his book about the impact that strong communities have on people’s lives.

Building Tomorrow

How Online Games Shape Our Real Lives

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 7, 2019

Video games have extensive compelling narratives that gives the player a degree of agency that is not present in watching movies or reading books. 

Free Thoughts

Is Trump Deregulating? (With Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 18, 2019

Peter Van Doren joins us to discuss if Trump has actually kept his campaign promises of deregulation. 

Free Thoughts

Resisting State Injustice (with Jason Brennan)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Jason Brennan on Jan 4, 2019

Jason Brennan elaborates on his thesis that “you possess the same right of self defense against government agents as you do against fellow civilians”.

Building Tomorrow

Ranked Choice Voting, A Better Way to Vote?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 3, 2019

Instead of choosing the lesser of two evils at the ballot box, you could rank your preferences, like they did in Maine for the midterm election.