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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 Ideas of Adam Smith

featuring Paul Mueller, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 29, 2016

Paul D. Mueller joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and pioneer of economic theory, Adam Smith.

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Why Liberty Takes Character

featuring Lawrence W. Reed, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 22, 2016

Lawrence W. Reed joins us for a discussion on how to effectively communicate the ideas of liberty through storytelling.

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Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, Part 2

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, & Jason Kuznicki on Apr 15, 2016

Aaron Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki discuss the second part of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty.

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Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment

featuring Thomas W. Merrill, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Apr 8, 2016

Thomas W. Merrill joins us to talk about the philosophy and political thought of David Hume.

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The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory

featuring Jesse Walker, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 25, 2016

Jesse Walker joins us to talk about his book, The United States of Paranoia. What do the conspiracy theories we embrace say about us a society?

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The Fight for Free Speech in the Courts

featuring Paul Sherman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 18, 2016

Paul Sherman joins us for a discussion on free speech issues, particularly the right to political and occupational speech.

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What’s Wrong With Labor Unions?

featuring Richard A. Epstein, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 4, 2016

Richard A. Epstein joins us for a discussion on labor unions. Did they really help to create a thriving middle class and the modern working life we enjoy today?

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Why Property Rights Matter

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Christina Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 19, 2016

Timothy and Christina Sandefur join us to talk about the importance of establishing and maintaining governments and societies that respect property rights.

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How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty?

featuring Sheldon Richman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 12, 2016

Sheldon Richman joins us to talk about the origins of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Why are these documents venerated by many libertarians?

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Socrates on Trial, Part 1: Apology

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, & Trevor Burrus on Feb 5, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us to discuss the trial of Socrates, as told by his student Plato in the Apology.

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False Promises and Uncertain Economic Truths

by Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 4, 2016

Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.

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Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy

featuring Benjamin Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 22, 2016

Benjamin Powell joins us this week to discuss the economics of sweatshops and the wages of workers in the third world.

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Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

featuring Tara A. Smith, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jan 15, 2016

Tara A. Smith joins us for a conversation on the importance of objectivity in legal systems.

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The Tyranny of Silence

featuring Flemming Rose, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 8, 2016

Flemming Rose talks about the decision to publish 12 cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

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Intellectual Influences on Our 2015 Guests

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 1, 2016

The podcast guests we had in 2015 share some of their greatest intellectual influences and give book recommendations.