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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

A Muslim Case for Liberty

featuring Mustafa Akyol, Aaron Ross Powell, and Adam Bates on Feb 24, 2017

Mustafa Akyol discusses Islam. Is there a Muslim case for liberty? How has Islam traditionally treated the principles of political liberalism?

Free Thoughts

The Libertarian Student Movement

featuring Wolf von Laer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Caleb O. Brown on Feb 17, 2017

Wolf von Laer joins us this week to talk about the movement for liberty on college campuses around the world.

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Taking Government Un-Seriously

featuring Jeremy McLellan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 10, 2017

Jeremy McLellan joins us this week to talk about his brand of politics and comedy. Does humor have a place in changing people’s political beliefs?

Free Thoughts

Liberaltarianism and Trump

featuring Brink Lindsey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 27, 2017

Brink Lindsey joins us this week to talk about his idea for an alliance between liberals and libertarians in the age of Trump-style conservative populism.

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King Obama, King Trump: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2017

Gene Healy joins us for a special Inauguration Day episode of Free Thoughts wherein we assess Barack Obama’s legacy as President of the United States.

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Wages and Workers

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 13, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on how wages are determined in a market economy.

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Arguments for Liberty: Kantianism

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki on Jan 6, 2017

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the chapter he wrote on Immanuel Kant for our new book, Arguments for Liberty.

Free Thoughts

Harambe to Trump: 2016 Was the Worst

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 30, 2016

David Boaz joins us to recap 2016. Did we just have the worst year ever in American politics?

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The Gold Standard Won’t Be Coming Back

featuring George Selgin, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 23, 2016

George Selgin joins us for a discussion about the gold standard. How did America get off the gold standard, and is there any chance of the country returning to it?

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Why Schools Haven’t Changed in Hundreds of Years

featuring Kevin Currie-Knight, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 9, 2016

Kevin Currie-Knight joins us this week to discuss why we can’t seem to change the way we educate schoolchildren. Is there one best way to educate kids?

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Why Can’t You Email Your Doctor?

featuring Dr. Ryan Neuhofel, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 18, 2016

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel joins us this week to talk about his practice, NeuCare, which is a very different way to approach primary care medicine.

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Should Libertarians Vote?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Jason Kuznicki, Jim Harper, & Michael F. Cannon on Nov 9, 2016

Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus debate Jim Harper and Michael Cannon on the merits of voting.

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Some Very Good Reasons Not to Vote

by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Nov 8, 2016

It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.

Free Thoughts

Bonus Election Day Episode: Should Libertarians Vote?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Jason Kuznicki, Jim Harper, & Michael F. Cannon on Nov 8, 2016

Aaron and Trevor debate Jim Harper and Michael F. Cannon on the merits of voting on this special Election Day bonus episode of Free Thoughts.

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Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

featuring Thomas Sowell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 4, 2016

Thomas Sowell joins us for a discussion about disparities of income and wealth between and within nations, as part of Equality Month at Libertarianism.org.