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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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Toleration

featuring Andrew Jason Cohen, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 11, 2015

Andrew Jason Cohen joins us for a discussion on toleration—what does it mean to be tolerant? What should be tolerated? Are we becoming less tolerant?

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The Libertarian Moment?

featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 3, 2015

Katherine Mangu-Ward joins us to talk about the “libertarian moment” and the past and future of libertarianism more broadly.

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Lysander Spooner’s Letter to Grover Cleveland

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 21, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us for a discussion on Lysander Spooner’s “Letter to Grover Cleveland,” which Spooner wrote in the last year of his life.

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 14, 2015

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals. We examine an essay by Robert Nozick that proposes a cause for this trend.

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A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America

featuring John C. Goodman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 7, 2015

John C. Goodman, the “Father of Health Savings Accounts,” joins us for a discussion on the American health care system.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.