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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.

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What Kind of Libertarian Are You?

by Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 7, 2018

Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.

Free Thoughts

The Pope’s Politics

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Robert Whaples on Feb 23, 2018

Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.

Free Thoughts

The Case Against Education

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Bryan Caplan on Feb 16, 2018

Bryan Caplan gives us the case against traditional education.

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Contracts and Cryptography

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 9, 2018

Kate Sills joins us for a conversation on smart contracts and the future of blockchain technology.

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How the Media Really Works

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2018

Cato Institute Vice President of Communications Khristine Brookes joins us to discuss the ever-changing world of news and media.

Free Thoughts

Choose Your Own Government

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom W. Bell, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jan 26, 2018

Tom W. Bell joins us for a Live Free Thoughts to talk about the emerging trend of private start up governments.

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Trump’s Assault on America’s Institutions

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and John Samples on Jan 19, 2018

John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2018

Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.

Free Thoughts

Free Speech Online

featuring Will Duffield, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2017

We talk about the freedom of speech in the internet era. How has the shift to digital communication changed interpretations of the 1st Amendment?

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How Conscious Capitalism Can Solve Global Poverty

featuring Michael Strong, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 15, 2017

Michael Strong joins us this week to talk about the role that capitalism and social entrepreneurship play in alleviating global poverty.

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Punk Rock Politics

featuring Frank Portman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2017

Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?

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How the Right Lost Its Mind

featuring Charles J. Sykes, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 24, 2017

Charles J. Sykes joins us this week for a discussion on the origins of the populist, pro-Trump Right.

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Do Employers Rule Our Lives?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 17, 2017

Elizabeth Anderson joins us to talk about her new book, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It).

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Your World on the Blockchain

featuring Brock Cusick, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 10, 2017

Brock Cusick joins us this week to talk about bitcoin and the decentralized blockchain technology that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies run on.

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The Implications of Behavioral Economics

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion on Richard Thaler’s work in behavioral economics.