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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

Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

featuring Michael D. Tanner, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 31, 2015

Michael D. Tanner joins us for a discussion on the national debt and America’s various entitlement programs and their implications on the country’s future.

Free Thoughts

When Is Voluntary Choice Really Voluntary?

featuring Michael C. Munger, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 24, 2015

Michael C. Munger joins us for a discussion on the nature of voluntary choice in economics. What counts as voluntary? Is it possible to be coerced by circumstance?

Free Thoughts

What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 20, 2015

Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?

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How Much Should Philosophy Influence Public Policy?

featuring Andrew I. Cohen, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 13, 2015

Andrew I. Cohen joins us to talk about his book, Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy. Can practical commitments undercut a philosophical argument?

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Politics is Destroying Your Soul

by Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 9, 2015

Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.

Free Thoughts

Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom

featuring Jacob T. Levy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 6, 2015

Jacob T. Levy says a tension exists in liberal political thought between a rationalist suspicion of localized power and a pluralism favoring intermediate groups.

Free Thoughts

The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State

featuring Bruce Benson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 29, 2015

Bruce L. Benson joins us for a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about?

Free Thoughts

The Education Apocalypse: How It Happened and How to Survive It

featuring Glenn Reynolds, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 22, 2015

Glenn Harlan Reynolds joins us to discuss the current state of America’s education system. What’s broken in schools and colleges today, and how can we fix it?

Free Thoughts

Taxation: How the Government Funds Itself

featuring Daniel J. Mitchell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 15, 2015

Daniel J. Mitchell joins us for a discussion on taxation in America. What’s the best way to run a government on taxes? Is it anything like the system we have now?

Free Thoughts

The Ideas of Friedrich Hayek

featuring Steven Horwitz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 8, 2015

Steven G. Horwitz joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of one of the 20th century’s greatest intellectuals, Friedrich Hayek.

Free Thoughts

The Austrian Tradition in Economics

featuring Peter J. Boettke, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 1, 2015

Peter J. Boettke joins us to explain the origins and methodology of the Austrian tradition in economics.

Free Thoughts

From Jailer to Jailed: Bernard Kerik’s Story

featuring Bernard B. Kerik, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 25, 2015

Bernard Kerik joins us to share his experience on both sides of the criminal justice system as former New York City Police Commissioner and as Inmate #84888-054.

Free Thoughts

End the IRS Before It Ends Us

featuring Grover Norquist, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 18, 2015

Grover Norquist joins us to tell us about his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and his plan to eliminate the IRS as we know it.

Free Thoughts

How Free Trade Creates Wealth

featuring Daniel J. Ikenson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 11, 2015

Daniel J. Ikenson joins us to explain how trade between countries increases wealth all around—and why restricting that trade is harmful to economic growth.

Free Thoughts

The Cato Institute and the Libertarian Movement

featuring Edward H. Crane, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 4, 2015

Edward H. Crane joins us to talk about the early days of the Libertarian Party and the Cato Institute, which he founded almost 40 years ago in 1977.

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The Radical Notion of Individualism

featuring George H. Smith, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 27, 2015

George H. Smith joins us to talk about Libertarianism.org’s first book, which is a reader on the topic of individualism.

Free Thoughts

Big Business Loves Big Government: Cronyism in American Politics

featuring Timothy P. Carney, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 20, 2015

Timothy P. Carney joins us to talk about cronyism and the revolving door in Washington politics. Are big business and big government as opposed as they seem?