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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

The End of Socialism

featuring James Otteson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 13, 2015

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?

Free Thoughts

Why Transparency Matters in Local Politics

featuring Kevin Glass, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 6, 2015

Kevin Glass joins us to talk about transparency in local politics. How can state and local governments do more harm than the federal government?

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How Does Libertarianism Deal with the Problem of Pollution?

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 30, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us to talk about libertarianism and pollution. What does it mean for libertarians to treat pollution as a violation of property rights?

Free Thoughts

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?

Free Thoughts

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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How Obamacare Really Works…and How It Doesn’t

featuring Peter Suderman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 2, 2015

Peter Suderman helps us make sense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How does it work, and why did we have to “pass it to find out what’s in it?”

Free Thoughts

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 rights when it comes to funding campaigns. What does it mean to have an undue influence on an election?

Free Thoughts

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?

Free Thoughts

When the Government Takes Things

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

Scott Bullock explains eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture. How can we stop government from abusing the power to take away its citizens’ private property?

Free Thoughts

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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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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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. What does libertarian feminism look like? How does libertarianism appeal to women?

Free Thoughts

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.

Free Thoughts

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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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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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 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?