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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

Resisting State Injustice (with Jason Brennan)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Jason Brennan on Jan 4, 2019

Jason Brennan elaborates on his thesis that “you possess the same right of self defense against government agents as you do against fellow civilians”.

Building Tomorrow

Ranked Choice Voting, A Better Way to Vote?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 3, 2019

Instead of choosing the lesser of two evils at the ballot box, you could rank your preferences, like they did in Maine for the midterm election. 

Building Tomorrow

Has Your Phone Hacked Your Brain?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Dec 27, 2018

We don’t know the consequences of the infinite scroll yet, but in order to actually live, it may be wise to be mindful of your screen time. 

Free Thoughts

Is Wall Street Overregulated? (with Todd Zywicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Todd Zywicki on Dec 21, 2018

Todd Zywicki explains how the American banking system is regulated to the point where there is no room or even hope for innovation. 

Free Thoughts

Why Being Poor is Expensive (with Ryan Bourne)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 14, 2018

Ryan Bourne joins us today to discuss the intricate hardships that the poor in the United States are experiencing.

Free Thoughts

Bringing Wealth to the Poor (with Michael Tanner)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 7, 2018

Michael Tanner joins us to discuss the dimensions that affect poverty including; felony convictions, lack of education, & housing policies. 

Building Tomorrow

Place Your Political Bets

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 6, 2018

Continuing our discussion with John Aristotle Phillips, we discuss how PredictIt may actually inspire more people to seek out the truth in politics.

Free Thoughts

Teaching Economics (with Steve Horwitz)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Steven Horwitz on Nov 30, 2018

Steve Horwitz joins us to debunk some global myths about economics. 

Building Tomorrow

Micro-Targeting Voters with Big Data

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 29, 2018

John Aristotle Phillips joins us to discuss how important it is to have detailed voter data in order to run a successful political campaign. 

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On Libertarian Socialism

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 27, 2018

D’Amato explores the idea of libertarian socialism by analyzing the history of individualist anarchism and “voluntary socialism.”

Building Tomorrow

We Got Your Black Friday Shopping List

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Will Duffield, & Matthew Feeney on Nov 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Look no further for the most (arguably) useful and live-changing technology to put under the tree this holiday season. 

Building Tomorrow

Crypto for College

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Neal McCluskey on Oct 31, 2018

Neal McCluskey joins us to talk about how our current education system does not effectively use existing technology to help students learn.

Free Thoughts

Understanding Impeachment (with Gene Healy)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, John Samples, and Gene Healy on Oct 26, 2018

Gene Healy joins us to discuss the concept of impeachment, from its’ origin to its’ impracticality in our polarized political climate.